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Style Idea: Wear Your Favorite State or Country as an Accessory!


I love personalized jewelry and wearing pieces that mean something to me.  I fell in love with Maya Brenner Designs, a jewelry designer that actually creates necklaces with your favorite state, country, number or letter!!  I love the idea of wearing a necklace with the outline of either California or Texas.  It’s not just US states, they have different provinces for Canada too.  They also have a lot of different countries, i.e. France, England, Ireland, Australia etc. or continents, i.e. Africa too.

It starts at $130 USD for a sterling silver necklace and goes up depending if you want gold, diamonds etc.  If you don’t like the idea of your state/province/country/continent around your neck, you can also get ones with a favorite number or letter too.

Maya Brenner Designs

Maya Brenner Designs

Maya Brenner Designs

Maya Brenner Designs

This is a great idea for gift for a friend or yourself!!  I am definitely going to have this on my holiday list!  Check out their website here: Maya Brenner Designs

Just a note: I’m not affiliated or sponsored by the brand, I just honestly love their designs!!! 🙂

Model Style: 6 Style Tricks From Jourdan Dunn


I absolutely adore Jourdan’s style–it is sporty with an urban twist!  She definitely has my favorite model style.  If you’re like me and want to dress similarly like Jourdan, take a look at 6 style tricks to get her supermodel street style.

1) Leather Pants-Jourdan loves her leather and pairs it with a lot of her outfits.  It gives a rock and roll vibe to any top she wears.  Try wearing a leather (or pleather if you want animal friends material) and see how it instantly makes your outfit look cooler.

Jourdan Dunn Dimepiece Jersey The Lifestyle Reporter


2) Denim on Denim: Jourdan paired a light wash chambray top with with dark blue denim and some cute open toed heels.  Make sure to keep the rest of the look simple like Jourdan–she didn’t wear any accessories and put her hair in a ponytail–doing this keeps the look chic and effortless.  And just to make it look more casual, roll up your sleeves and cuff your jeans.

Jourdan Dunn Denim Chambray Top Jeans The Lifestyle Reporter


3) Beanies: Beanies are a great way to take your look and make it more urban inspired.  Here Jourdan is wearing a simple black beanie, but she always wears beanies with words, phrases or graphics as well.  I like this particular look because you can find a simple black beanie anywhere.  Jourdan also paired the look with a loose Brian Lichtenberg sweater and tight leather pants.  Pair your beanie with a similar look–a somewhat baggy sweater and some fitted black pants–trust me, it will look very urban chic!

Jourdan Dunn Homies Brian Lichtenberg Sweater South Central The Lifestyle Reporter


4) Choose Patterned T-Shirts: Jourdan really embraces the casual street look and this outfit is no different.  Try wearing heavily patterned shirts or one with graphics.  Opt for a looser fit and pair it with fitted bottoms.

Jourdan Dunn Black Pants Oversize Tea Patterned The Lifestyle Reporter


5) Very Long Shirts: Jourdan rocked a Rihanna for River Island shirtdress and it looked amazing!  It is very bold look and she owns it!  She wore some leather shorts underneath, along with some combat boots, completing the look.  Try wearing a shirt like this with so shorts underneath–it’s a different look but very fashion forward and chic.Jourdan Dunn Long Shirt Black Shorts The Lifestyle Reporter6) Flat Boots: Jourdan embraces flat boots and it’s a trend I love!  While I do love wearing heeled boots, Jourdan looks great pairing her flat boots with a dress, taking it from girly to tough chic.  This is a good way to wear a dress if you don’t normally wear one or don’t feel comfortable wearing one–just add flat boots and it looks pretty cool.Jourdan Dunn Dress With Boots Summer Fall Look The Lifestyle Reporter'Which one of Jourdan’s looks is your favorite?



Style Inspired: Lily Aldridge’s Chic Outfit on Vogue Mexico


I saw Lily Aldridge’s Vogue Mexico cover from July and I’m officially obsessed with this look–simple yet chic!  I can already see myself wearing this outift out and about, but I don’t have the budget to splurge and buy the exact look.  I looked for dupes for this look and if you would to recreate this look, see what I found below!!  Trust me, you won’t be disappointed 🙂

Lily Aldridge Cover Vogue Mexico

Photo Credit: James Macari // Vogue Mexico

If you want her exact look, this is what she wore:

Top: Riller & Fount Raff Crop Top ($99).  Link is here.

Trousers: Each X Other Cotton-Twill and Leather Pants ($510). Link is here.

Necklace: Adia Kibur Link Chain Necklace ($70). Link is here.

BUT, if you want this look on the budget, check out what I found:

Similar top:  the Brandy Melville Anastasia Halter ($12).  At such a good price, this halter is sooo worth it!  It can be purchased here.

Brandy Melville Anastasia Halter Top Black The Lifestyle Reporter

Brandy Melville Anastasia Halter

Similar Trousers: I found two choices, two similar pants but in different price ranges. The first is the pricier one that looks close to the ones Lily is wearing on the cover.

Option 1: Topshop Premium Bonded Leg Trousers ($120).  The website says their pink but to me, they look more blush colored, and I think it would look pretty darn good a lot of different ways.  Check out the Topshop trousers here.

Topshop Bonded Peg Leg Trousers

Topshop Bonded Peg Leg Trousers

Option 2: Missguided Suellen Blush Tailored Trousers ($26.98).  They are at such a great price and I love the simplicity of them.  Link is here.


Missguided Suellen Blush Tailored Trousers

Missguided Suellen Blush Tailored Trousers


Similar necklace: Nordstrom Curb Link Collar Necklace ($38).  Half the price of the necklace in the cover!  Link is here.

Nordstrom Curb Link Collar Necklace

Nordstrom Curb Link Collar Necklace

What do you think of this look?

Karlie, Cara, Joan Cover Vogue’s September Issue!


The much awaited September Issue cover has been unveiled, and this year it’s all about supermodels!  The amazing cover features some of the biggest models out there: Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, and Cara Delevingne.

Mario Testino // Vogue Magazine

Mario Testino // Vogue Magazine

The cover, shot by famed photographer, Mario Testino, unfolds further, to show six more models.  Mario instagrammed the photos–check it out here!

Above photo-from left to right: Joan Smalls, Cara Delevingne, Karlie Kloss.

Above photo–From left to right: Arizona Muse, Edie B. Campbell, Imaan Hammam.

Above photo-from left to right: Fei Fei Sun, Vanessa Axente, Andreea Diaconu.

Mario also has a photo series, called “Towel Series,” where he photographs models dressed in towels–very natural and beautiful–and he did the same with the “Instagirls.”  See the photo below:

According to Forbes, the “Instagirls” are raking in millions! Karlie made $4 million last year, with Joan raking in $3 million and Cara at $3.5 million (Gisele is the highest paid model, making $47 million last year).

Model Style: 6 Style Tricks From Cara Delevingne


Cara Delevingne is a bona fide supermodel and her off duty style is inspiring!  She tends to go for the sporty, tomboy styles but still looks sexy and youthful.  Here are six things I learned from Cara Delevingne’s street style:

1) Sports jersey: Cara’s Bulls crop top looks perfect with some low rider khakis jeans–it’s sporty, fresh and urban chic!  I will definitely be incorporating a jersey (or two) a la Cara.

Cara Delevingne Chicago Bulls Crop Top The Lifestyle Reporter2) The baseball cap:  Wear a backward facing baseball cap to your casual outfit–it instantly looks cool!  The leather jacket completes the vibe!

Cara Delevingne Off Duty Style Model Hat Shirt Shorts Boots Casual Supermodel The Lifestyle Reporter3) Leopard print shoes with cuffed jeans: Cara paired her leopard print heels with cuffed jeans and a leather jacket.  The cuffed jeans go well with point leopard heels-it ups the typical leather jacket and jeans look.

Cara Delevingne Beanie Leopard Jeans Leather Jacket Off Duty Model Style The Lifestyle Reporter4) The oversize shirt: Next time you’re going out, try wearing an oversize tee with some short shorts and boots instead of a tight fitting shirt.  It can be just as sexy as something form fitting!

Cara Delevingne Black Shirt White Lace Shorts Boots Sunglasses The Lifestyle Reporter

5) Plaid Outerwear: I adore plaid on boys, girls–it is a universal look!  Usually plaid is perfect to look 90s casual, but in this case, Cara gives a unique twist to plaid–using it to dress up an outfit.  The cropped plaid jacket looks amazing with all black!Cara Delevingne Plaid Leather Boots Supermodel Model Style Off Duty The Lifestyle Reporter6) Camel + Black: Classic combination and a great go to for fancier occasions.  If your needing a fancy outfit or perhaps a date night look, try pairing a simple black dress with a camel colored jacket/coat.Cara Delevingne Camel Black Dress Coat Black Stilletos Wedding Simple Model Supermodel The Lifestyle ReporterWhich Cara look is your favorite? I will definitely be incorporating some Cara inspired pieces into my wardrobe!





Jessica Alba: Best Fashion Moments From This Week


If you haven’t guessed, Jessica Alba is someone I really admire.  I’ve followed her career for a while and I just think she is a really good example of the kind of person I want to be.  She is a confident, strong, successful woman–with a great fashion sense.  I fell in love with these two outfits she wore this week–I think they are so timeless and chic.  I also like the fact that while the hemline is long, it’s still youthful and sexy.

While I love both, if I had to choose, I think I would go for the two piece, but only because I love the floral detailing on the top and heels.  If you had to choose, which look is your favorite, the pink dress or the black and orange two piece?  Let me know 🙂

Look 1:

A Houghton Striped Cropped Top // Osman tangerine high-low skirt

Credit: WENN . Alberto Reyes

Credit: WENN / Alberto Reyes

Look 2:

Antonio Berardi Sleeveless Dress // Saint Laurent Leopard Print Clutch

Credit: Splash News / Christopher Peterson

Credit: Splash News / Christopher Peterson

How To Style a Collared Shirt


I have several collared shirts in my closet–and I can honestly tell you I haven’t used them in years. A couple of days ago I took them out and decided to throw together some outfits based on some looks I saw recently and fell in love with.  Take a look at the photos for some cool looks using a collared shirt.


Lets face it, RiRi looks good in everything.  However, the last thing I would have imagined her to wear is a proper looking collared shirt, BUT she pulls it off!  She edges up the collared shirt (love that she rolled up sleeves to make it less preppy) with some ripped jeans, sexy stilettos, and red lips.  This is a perfect night out look or even a date!! Effortlessly sexy? Check.

Rihanna Collared Shirt Jeans Heels The LifeStyle Reporter


Jessica Alba

I love Jessica Alba–she’s been a fave of my since her days on Dark Angel.  She also has amazing style!  She took a striped collared shirt, tucked it in some high-waisted white trousers and paired it with nude wedges.  This is a great work or school look–you look chic, put together and very stylish.



Olivia Palermo

Olivia Palermo always looks so chic and this outfit does not disappoint.  She took a simple white collared shirt and made it look less done up knotting the bottom, and paired it with some fun green and black printed shorts.  A simple white woven belt and some cheetah print flats take this white collared shirt and make it a fun, summery, casual day look.  It’s still sexy but in a very understated way.



So next time you’re in need of some outfit inspirations using a simple collared shirt, try styling it a la these ladies.  While a collared shirt is a timeless piece for your closet, and will always be “in,” try wearing it in ways you haven’t before!

xx Sarah

Style Inspired: Selena Gomez’ Date Night Look


Selena Gomez has great style and she wore this cream sleeveless crop top paired with cream loose pants that was gorgeous!  It can be a great date night look or even a casual day out.  I love how she edged the look with black heels, a black purse, and her black bra.  I like to think of it as a polished up bad girl! 🙂

selena-gomez-white-turtleneck-look-the-lifestyle-reporterSelena Gomez Sleeveless TurtleneckI found a similar looking white sleeveless crop top at ($28)–click here to purchase.  For the cream pants, check out these ones at  They’re called the drawstring trousers for $49.

What do you think of this look?  Hot or not?  Share your thoughts!