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The Hottest Accessory You Need This Summer

Jul
01

The western inspired double buckle belt is the accessory you need this summer!  It’s sophisticated, timeless and will elevate your outfit.  No matter how it’s paired, the double buckle belt will ooze cool girl chic.  Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, and Izabel Goulart are all fans of the trends and with good reason!  While they styled it their own way, the end result is still relaxed chic with a Western twist.  Keep reading to find out how to style it and where to find it!

Selena Gomez White Bodysuit Western Belt Denim Shorts Saint Laurent Boots

Selena Gomez decided to up her white bodysuit and denim shorts by adding a double buckle belt, creating the perfect silloutte. The jacket over her shoulders provides color and dimension to the white and blue toned look, while the Gucci bag and Saint Laurent suede boots tie in that Western vibe.  Her hair pulled back is perfect for this look because she didn’t want to distract from that gorgeous jacket. The boots and bag work well with the belt, resulting in Western chic.

Exact Pieces:

Solid & Striped, The Anne-Marie White Bodysuit, $148

B-Low The Belt, The Bri Bri Belt, $148 (sold out at most stores but available on their site)

Gucci Soho Leather Disco Bag, $980

Saint Laurent Wyatt Suede Chelsea Boots, $995

Similar:

American Apparel Cotton Spandex Jersey Tank Bodysuit, $26

B-Low The Belt Baby Bri-Bri Belt Black & Silver, $138

Office Coolcat Almond Toe Mod Chelsea Boots, $118

Kendall Jenner Black and White Striped Top Western Belt Jeans Model Style Double Buckle

Kendall Jenner really loves wearing belts–Kendall’s staple look is wearing a simple outfit and a belt.  She’s known for her simplictic yet risk-taking take on style.  Her outfit above, a low V neck striped top, black jeans and heels, are all simple yet sexy.  Add in the belt, and you get a  nice metallic touch and a chic twist to the simple black and white look.  The double buckle is an eye-popping element in her outfit and breaks up all the black.

Exact Pieces:

Givenchy Cropped Striped Jumper, on sale fo $930

Same belt as Selena: B-Low The Belt Bri Bri, $148

Blank Denim Hi Rise Skinny Jeans, $78

Givenchy Lucrezia Medium Duffel, Sold Out Everywhere

Barneys.com, Saint Laurent Aviators, $375

Barneys.com, Gianvito Rossi Ellipsis Pumps, $765

Kendall Jenner All Black Western Belt Model StyleKendall also wore the same belt with a black tank and black jeans, breaking up the monochrome with the double buckle belt.

Izabel Goulart Western Double Buckle Belt Model Style

Izabel Goulart decided to wear a smaller double buckle belt, but it’s still equally eye catching.  She chose to add the belt to a loose dress and leather jacket.  This is my favorite way to style the belt–by cinching the waist and creating a nice shape. The dress would have been too baggy and not really flattering, not even for a model, and by adding in the belt, you get to show off your silhouette.  A simple black belt would have melted into the dark colored dress, but the metalic detailling of the belt pops out and adds that urban touch.  The leather jacket toughens up the look and goes well with the black and silver belt, a simple daytime or nighttime look.

What do you think of the Western inspired double buckle belt?  Let me know below!

xxx

Sarah

 

Trend Alert: All About Camouflage!

May
18

I have been obsessing over camouflage and I’m definitely not the only one!  Camouflage is called many things-camo, army, khaki–but at the end of the day, it’s pretty much just a pattern that is seen on military uniforms, using colors like hunter green, light green, etc.  Camo is a definite addition that will toughen up any outfit.  Check out how Kim Kardashian, Cara Delevingne, Rihanna, Rita Ora and Kylie Jenner styled their camo!

1. Camo Jacket

A camo jacket is a great way to make any outfit look edgy.  For this look, the key is all about fit–you don’t want your jacket to be too fitted.  The jacket should be loose and even a little baggy.  The reason is that when it’s baggy, it tends to look more casual and effortless.

Lily Aldridge wore her army jacket with a white tee, black jeans and suede gray boots.  This is such a simple look but the army jacket really gives the whole look dimension and color.  Instead of being a simple black and white look, the army jacket gives it a cool girl vibe.  The suede boots and black handbag are the perfect accessories to complete the overall look.

I was hoping the camouflage would hide me from the paps… 😂

A photo posted by Lily Aldridge (@lilyaldridge) on

Rita Ora took the army look to another level, pairing her oversized jacket with leggings, white sneakers and a baseball cap.  She wore her baggy jacket with leggings–the perfect combo because they balance each other out.  Adding the white sneakers and hat adds an athletic touch to the look, and the result is nothing less than cool chic!

Rita Ora Camo Camoflauge Army Jacket Style

Kim Kardashian wore her army jacket to Kanye West’s Adidas show, and she definitely rocked the look!  This look is all about texture and fit!  She chose an oversize army jacket with capri brown leggings, a crop top and sheer top.  This look is probably a little too much for everyday–unless you switch the bottoms with black leggings (that go all the way down to your ankles).  I actually really love the sheer turtleneck under the crop top but you can also wear it the other way–with the crop top underneath the sheer turtleneck.  You could also switch the crop top with a similar colored bralet underneath.  The key to this look is the layers–and I love how Kim pulled her jacket sleeves up so you can see the sheer turtleneck. She finished off the look with dark beige booties–such a chic touch!

Kim Kardashian Camo Jacket Adidas show Kany West Style

Kylie Jenner wore her army jacket with black jeans a a black top, finishing off the look with black booties.  This look is all about the army jacket and by keeping the rest of the look black, it keeps the focus on the camo.  This is a great daytime look but it will also look great in the evening as well because of the booties.

Kylie Jenner Army Camo Camoflauge Jacket Shorts Heels Style

2. Army Pants

Army patterned pants are another great addition to your wardrobe and on the plus side, you can wear them year round!  Below is two different takes on the camo pants-version one is fitted skinny jeans, while version two is baggy high waisted cargo inspired pants.

Cara Delevingne took her army patterned jeans and styled it with a moto jacket and black tee. She finished the look off with hunter green combat boots and sunnies. The moto jacket with the camo patterned jeans is a great combo because while the jacket is fancy, the jeans are casual–giving off a chic vibe.

Cara Delevingne Camo Camoflauge Army Pants Style Model Moto jacket

Kim Kardashian really loves her camo! This time she styled her camo high waisted pants with a white crop top, black duster coat and hunter green heeled boots.  The high waisted pants balance the revealing crop top.  The white crop top is the perfect feminine touch to the overall military tough look, as well as adding heeled boots.

Kim Kardashian Camo Army Camoflauge Pants Style Kim K West

3. Camo Shirt

If you’re not ready to commit to an army jacket or pants, try the next best thing–an army patterned shirts.  Rihanna and Cara show us two easy ways to take a camo shirt and make it look good!

Rihanna wore her cropped army jacket with cuffed boyfriend jeans and army patterned heels, adding in a backwards gold hat.  Rihanna took the camo and just went with it–choosing to match the heels with the shirt.  By choosing loose fitting boyfriend jeans keeps the look from being too revealing.  She keeps the look sexy by wearing a cropped shirt, showing off her stomach.

Rihanna Crop Top Army Camo Camoflauge Shirt Heels Style

Cara decided to style her army patterned shirt with a leather jacket and jeans, adding in a backwards cap and blue-green sunglasses.  This is such a fun look! The key to this look is keeping the main pieces simple–the jeans and jacket, while adding in fun accessories, like the sunglasses and hat.

Cara Delevingne Army Camo Camoflauge Shirt T shirt model style

4. Camouflage Patterned Hat

Rihanna shows us all how to take camo and make it fancy!  She wore her camo trucker hat with a high neck black crop top and mini skirt, finishing off the look with black heels, red lips, and a gold necklace.  She kept her hair up so that the main focus is the high neck top and gold choker, and added a leather jacket in case the night gets cold.

Rihanna Army Camo Camoflauge Hat Black Crop Top Skirt Style

Which camo look is your favorite?  Share below!

Trend Alert: Stripes

Mar
31

Trend-Alert--Striped

 

I love stripes–it’s such a fun pattern that literally never gets old.  It’s a popular theme for the spring and summer because of the nautical vibes it gives off. Take a look at five striped pieces that are officially on my favorite list–all items are linked.  Let me know which is your favorite!

1. Asos / River Island Organza Stripe Midi Skirt/ $63 / Asos.com

River Island Striped Long Skirt

 

2. Forever 21 / Striped Cosmetics Case / $7.90 / Forever 21

Forever 21 Striped Makeup Bag3. Lulu’s / Trend-er’s Game Black and Ivory Striped Long Sleeve Crop Top / $27 / Lulu’s

Lulu's striped crop top

 

4. Zara / Striped Espadrilles / $35.90 / Zara.com

Zara Striped Espadrilles

 

5. Topshop Engineered Stripe Crop Top / $22 / Topshop.com

Topshop Striped Crop Top

 

Trend Alert: Floral Skirts and Crop Tops

Feb
23

My favorite season is spring because it means flowers will bloom, the weather will warm up (well, it will just get warmer in LA 🙂 ) and you can pull out your floral pieces!  Although spring is still weeks away, I’ve been loving the combo of floral skirts and crop tops.  This is such a gorgeous look that will definitely make you stand out.  The key to this look is a midi length (knee length or longer) that has some kind of floral pattern and pairing it with a colored crop top.  To stay warm, definitely choose a knitted crop top but you can wear one with a thinner fabric if you want too.

Take a look at three of my favorite pairings of this look and also where you can purchase similar ones!

Kate Hudson

She looks amazing, wearing Michael Kors at his fashion show in New York.  For this look, she chose to match the shirt to the skirt.

Photo Credit: Rex

Photo Credit: Rex

Kenza Zouiten

The gorgeous blogger/model/designer wearing River Island.  Make sure to take a look at her blog–she has amazing style.  If you want to make a bold statement, pair a bright skirt with a different color.  This orange top matches great with the blue floral skirt!

Photo Credit: Kenza Zouiten

Photo Credit: Kenza Zouiten

Miroslava Duma

Now if you don’t want to wear a fitted skirt or go too bold with your colors, try this look like Miroslava Duma.  She chose a loose fitted skirt with a more understated pattern, pairing it with a long sleeve top.

Mirolavia Duma Floral Skirt Tan Top

 

Check out some gorgeous floral skirts I found from Asos, as well as Missguided.  I found this gorgeous pencil skirt at Missguided too that’s on sale for $15.20.

Which is your favorite look?  I love them all but I think Kenza’s look is my fave!

xoxo

Sarah

Trend Alert: The Outfit Combo You Need to Try!

Feb
13

Whether you’re going out with your boyfriend or out with friends, one of the hottest looks this season is wearing maxi skirts with crop tops.  But that doesn’t mean you have to show a lot of skin! That’s what I love about this look, you can show a little bit of your stomach, or keep it covered.  Keep reading to find out more on how to style one of the hottest trends this season!

Kim Kardashian Maxi Skirt Crop Top Maroon The Lifestyle Reporter

This look Kim Kardashian is wearing is pretty sexy, but still elegant.  The key to this look is to keep it all one color.  It pulls the whole look together yet still still looks understated.  The crop top is showing off cleavage and stomach, and the skirt has slits, but adding a vest or a coat makes it less revealing.  If you don’t have a vest or don’t want to purchase something like that, wear a longer coat instead.  Just make sure the fabric isn’t too heavy and that it is made with similar ones for the top and skirt.

Vanessa Hudgens Denim Crop Top White Skirt Maxi The Lifestyle Reporter

Vanessa Hudgens’ look can be work as a dressy ootd or a casual ootn–I love the versatility!  The white maxi skirt goes perfectly with the blue crop top.  For this look, make sure the crop top isn’t cleavage revealing, and that it is a halter type top.  Like Vanessa, pile on the bracelets and rings to make the look more boho!

Nina Dobrev Black Top Maxi Skirt Pink Blush Jacket Eli Saab The Lifestyle Reporter

Nina Dobrev’s take on a maxi skirt is a great way to wear a crop top without showing a lot of skin. Just tuck in the shirt into the high waisted maxi skirt, and voila-a chic twist to the typical crop top/maxi skirt combo. I love how the look is still sexy because of wearing a somewhat sheer top, which shows the bra underneath. The blush colored maxi skirt goes perfectly with the black top, making this a very fancy OOTN. Add in a jacket and you’re good to go.

Which is your favorite take on the maxi skirt/crop top combo?

xoxo

Sarah

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Trend Alert: Blush Colored Pieces

Jan
28

One of the most gorgeous colors (besides black of course) is the blush!  It’s more of a pinky nude and it literally goes with everything.  It’s such a beautiful color that will always be in style and give off an elegant vibe.

If you want to keep it simple, pair blush colored pants or a skirt with a black top, like Kate Moss and Jessica Alba below.  If you’re in a rush and don’t want to wear black on black, choose blush–it brightens up any outfit and looks so classy!

kate moss blush colored capris tthe lifestyle reporter

Jessica Alba Blush Skirt Black Sweater The Lifestyle Reporter

 

If you’re feeling bold, try a monochrome two piece blush look.  It looks so beautiful!  Wearing one color is such a gorgeous look and it looks so Audrey Hepburn-esque.  It’s a great look for a date, work, or a night out. Keep your accessories simple, either beige, black or color, that way the blush colored pieces are the star of the show.  Check out some monochrome looks below!

Taylor Swift Blush Colored Skirt Shirt Monochrome The Lifestyle Reporter

Blush Colored Turtleneck and Capris The Lifestyle ReporterTumblr Blush Colored Skirt Turtleneck Monochrome The Lifestyle Reporter

 

What do you think about blush colored pieces?  Which one is your favorite?  Mine is Jessica Alba’s skirt with the black sweater, it is definitely something I would wear in the future.  I also love a good monochrome two piece look, especially with a crop turtleneck! xoxo Sarah

Trend Alert: Duster Coats!

Sep
29

I absolutely adore duster coats!  They are so chic and are quickly becoming popular.  Duster coats are otherwise known as really long jackets 🙂 .  You can get a thin duster coat or a really, thick one for a cool night.  Duster coats are coming back in style–they used to be popular in the 1920s, and women wore them to guard against wind while in an open car.  These days, a duster coat is the perfect addition to give your outfit a sophisticated vibe.  Now that fall is fully in effect, instead of wearing long pants and long sleeve tops, finish off your shorts and crop top with a duster coat–not only is it trendy, it will keep you warm and covered.  Take a look at three different, but equally gorgeous ways to wear a duster coat.

Kylie Jenner’s Bohemian OOTN:

Kylie styled her pale blue duster coat with an all white romper, nude hat, fringe bag and cream colored stilettos.  She kept the color palette of her outfit neutral, opting to add a pop of color with that gorgeous silky coat.  To make the look edgy, try incorporating accessories like Kylie that show your personality–it can change the look completely!

Rihanna’s Casual OOTD:

Let’s face it.  Rihanna can honestly do no wrong!  For this OOTD, she took a patterned duster coat that looks very Coachella-esque and made it work!  RiRi wore simple denim shorts, patterned crop top and red lips with her long jacket.  This is definitely a different look but it works!  You don’t have to wear a duster coat a certain way and RiRi shows us how you can make it funky yet still so chic.

Rihanna Long Shirt Crop Top Jeans Black Hair The Lifestyle Reporter

Kim Kardashian’s Sydney Look:

When Kim visited Sydney, Australia for her hubby’s tour, she rocked a beautiful pastel pink duster coat with a white crop top and pencil skirt.  She finished it off with nude heels and sunglasses.  The duster coat really adds a chic element to the look.  The color is perfect–it can honestly go with anything.  Kim keeps the look look neutral by wearing all white and uses the pink to give the look some nice dimension.  If you don’t want to show a lot of skin, this is a great option.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back of Kim's Pastel Duster

 

Which one is your favorite look?  Share your thoughts below!

xxxx

Sarah

Trend Alert: Body Chains

Jun
24

If you want to look glamorous and chic this summer, try rocking a body chain! Wear it under you crop top or over your bikini or a dress–it instantly makes an outfit pop!  Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Kylie Jenner, Candice Swanepoel, Beyonece, Kate Hudson and so many more have been photographed wearing a gorgeous body chain.

Candice Swanepoel in a Jacquie Aiche body chain (and hand chain too)

Kate Huudson:

Photo credit: Greg Kadel, InStyle Magazine, July 2014 issue.

Photo credit: Greg Kadel, InStyle Magazine, July 2014 issue.

Beyonce:

Photo credit: GQ Magazine

Photo credit: GQ Magazine

 

If you want to look like a star but not break the bank, check out this $8 body chain from Brandy Melville, or this Nasty Gal body chain for $28.

Nasty Gal Glimmer Body Chain ($28)

Nasty Gal Glimmer Body Chain ($28)

Brandy Melville Body Chain ($8)

Brandy Melville Body Chain ($8)

If you want to buy one like the celebrities, 14K gold with diamonds included, Jacquie Aiche has the most beautiful body chains, beginning at $1,790 and up.

Jacquie Aiche 1 Diamond Bezel Body Chain ($1,790)

My fave: the Jacquie Aiche 1 Diamond Bezel Body Chain ($1,790)