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Trend Alert: The Outfit Combo You Need to Try!


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?



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Three Must See Winter Looks


Winter outfits can usually end up feeling uninspired–mine is usually the same look all the time–jacket and jeans.  If you’re like me and you want to try a different look, have no fear, here are three great winter looks that aren’t the typical ootd and are must-sees!

1. Plaid

Plaid is a great pattern that literally looks good on everyone.  Cara Delevingne’s plaid jacket is gorgeous and it takes her outfit to the next level!  Instead of grabbing that black jacket, try something like Cara’s.  If you don’t want to invest in a plaid jacket or if it’s to out there for you, you can always wear a plaid shirt around the waist and throw on a leather jacket to stay warm.  However, this jacket is a timeless piece that will always be in style and make your outfit look sophisticated.  Cara did a great job making her look edgy by adding leather pants and boots.

Cara Delevigne Flannel Coats Leather Pants

2. Faux Fur

Faux fur is a must have this fall/winter!  It not only keeps you warm, but it looks so chic.  Jessica Alba rocks her faux fur on top of an olive-colored jacket that makes the look badass!  I love that she added the scarf to her outfit to make it more feminine.  A faux fur vest is a great piece because it’s so versatile but you can also try a faux fur jacket instead if you’re looking for warmth.

Jessica Alba Faux Fur Vest Casual

3. All White Everything

When in doubt, or in a rush, I tend to grab an all black outfit, BUT, why not try and do the opposite?  An all white look, a la Kim Kardashian, is a great way to dress outside the box and make heads turn.  I love the idea of a white turtleneck and long white skirt–it’s chic and simple.  If you want to stay warmer than Kim, definitely grab a turtleneck that’s thicker and not see thru, but you get the idea!  The all white look is so flattering and you will definitely stand out in a crowd!

Kim Kardashian Sheer Turtleneck and Skirt


Which is your favorite?  Plaid, faux fur, or all white?  Share your thoughts below!



Model Style: 6 Style Tricks From Candice Swanepoel


Candice Swanepoel is one of my favorite supermodels!  Not only is she gorgeous, she’s also an animal lover and isn’t afraid of pushing the envelope when choosing her wardrobe.  She is a fan of the nineties (me too!) but she also embraces the inner flower child as well.  That’s what I like about her–she doesn’t conform to a certain style or trend–she wears what she feels like, and it always looks so good!  Take a look below to find out six style tricks from Candice Swanepoel:

1. Wear a colorful, patterned dress:  Candice isn’t afraid of patterns and this dress is absolutely beautiful.  Her hippie chic outfit is the perfect look for a day out, and she tops it with a simple choker that is the perfect accessory for her long dress. She added some retro style Ray Bans and voila, the perfect flower child OOTD.  Choose a dress with a 1970s vibe like this–the floral and colorful pattern is very hippie.  Her dress is the Free People Novella Royale MIdnight Rambler Dress and it’s $176.

Candice Swanpoel Tribal Floral Dress The Lifestyle Reporter

2. Add flannel to your outfit:

Candice loves flannel–she not only pairs it with jeans, she also adds it to casual day dresses.  She definitely loves the nineties style, and she incorporates it with any look just by adding flannel.  Make sure to invest in a choker and combat boots and you’re good to go.  I chose two different flannel looks Candice sported because I wanted to show the versatility of the look–she dressed it down with combat boots and a dress, and then dressed it up with nude booties, and an all white look.

Credit: Candice Swanepoel's Instagram

Credit: Candice Swanepoel’s Instagram

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Credit: Getty Images

3. Pair a pencil skirt with a beanie:

This is a great look because she incorporates a beanie into a fancy look.  She added the beanie to add that cool factor and it works! For this, make sure to have a lot of black–a black beanie, a fitted black skirt and black booties.  The sweater will break up the dark color and give it a nice dimension.  What you get is a sophisticated, tough OOTD or OOTN like Candice.

Candice Swanepoel Beanie Skirt Sweater Booties The Lifestyle Reporter

4. Invest in Capris

Candice looks great in a pair of white capris–pants that stop a few inches above the ankle.  This is a great piece to have in your wardrobe–it’s a classic item that will always be in style.  You can wear it to work, school, on a date, or even make it sexy by pairing it with a crop top.  Try wearing it like Candice, by adding a cream colored sweater and simple stilletos–instantly chic.



5. Pair your Converse Sneakers With a Crop Top

Crop tops are usually reserved for a more sexy look and when Candice paired it with her Converse sneakers, she accomplished that!  Converse sneakers usually makes an outfit look cool but it’s not the typical “sexy” shoe.  The way she paired them with a crop top changes that!  This is such a sexy way of wearing Converse sneakers and it looks so effortless.  If you have sneakers like her, try wearing it like Candice, with a simple crop top and ripped jeans-the results are amazing!

Candice Swanepoel Stella McCartney Bomber Jacket White T Shirt Ripped Jeans The Lifestyle Reporter

6. Wear tights under your Denim Shorts:

Just because the weather cools down doesn’t mean you have to put away your favorite pair of shorts.  Try this style trick from Candice–add some opaque tights under them.  Candice perfectly paired it with an army green jacket and black beanie but my favorite part?  The boots she finished the look of with.  This is a look I will definitely be sporting this fall.

Candice Swanepoel Green Jacket Shorts Tights The Lifestyle Reporter


Which Candice trick is your favorite?  I have to say mine is the tights under shorts idea.  Share your thoughts below!

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!

How to Look Sexy in Birkenstocks


I proudly own a pair of black Birkenstocks but when I wear them out, 50% of people tell me how cute they are, and 50% look at me in disgust!  I don’t really care about the Birkenstock haters–why would they dislike something so comfortable?!?!

I do care how I pair my Birkenstocks with clothes–it’s important to keep your outfit balanced when wearing such clunky, comfortable shoes.  When I wear my Birks, the goal is to yes, love what I wear, but also to look chic.

Which brings me to my point–how to look sexy in Birks a la Miranda Kerr.  She looked amazing and sexy the other day while strutting the streets in her Birks.  I love her!  And I love how she paired it!

Her slouchy boyfriend jeans shows off her flat abs, while her sleeveless high neck white top show off her arms.  She pulls the look together with some aviators and a leopard print handbag.

What do you think of this look?

Photo credit: Splash News

Photo credit: Splash News