Parisan Style in Kansas City

Top | Skirt: Mossimo (similar here and here) | Jacket: Old PaperCrown (Similar here) | Necklace | Shoes | Sunglasses: Old American Eagle (similar here and here) | Lips

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Top | Skirt: Mossimo (similar here and here) | Jacket: Old PaperCrown (Similar here) | Necklace | Shoes | Sunglasses: Old American Eagle (similar here and here) | Lips

A few weeks ago I posted this photo on Instagram of this gorgeous outfit and got such a positive repost selfie I wanted to share more of it!

Unfortunately, I could not bring this whole outfit to Paris. The skirt is doesn't fold easily and wasn't versatile enough for the trip and the heels weren't practical for all of the walking. But there was nothing stopping me from sharing this look on the here!

This skirt has made several appearances on the blog and my Instagram, so it's probably no secret that I love it! Its flowy but voluminous, so pairing it with a fitted shirt is necessary. I chose the black and white striped shirt because there is something about stripes that feels very Parisian. Toss on some nude pumps and my favorite tweed blazer and I'd be ready to hit the streets of Paris. But I'll settle for KC! :D

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XOXO Helen

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The Only Jeans I'm Buying

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Levi's Jeans | Top | Shoes | Sunglasses | World Wide Red

Take a look at any "Women's Fashion Must Haves" list and you will definitely see "jeans that fit perfectly" on the list. I am so happy to say that I have found mine!

For years, I struggled to find a good pair of jeans. One pair fit in the waist, but tight in the thigh, another would be the right length, but terrible material, the list goes on and on. Then a couple of years ago, I found Levi's 711 Skinny Jeans. Never, had a pair of jeans fit me so perfectly! I was amazed. I truly forgotten how a pair of jeans should fit because I had spent so many years in uncomfortable pairs.

I made the mistake of continuing to purchase jeans from other brands. They followed with the same disappointment.  But my Levi's jeans stayed perfect. It wasn't too long after this, that I vowed to only purchase Levi's jeans. No other brand has provided me with such comfort, style, and quality.

What is your favorite pair of jeans? Do you have a go-to designer or style?

As always, thank you for reading,

XOXO Helen

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A Cozy Fall Sweater

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Wild Thing Sweater | Jeans | Adidas Shoes | Nails

There is a crisp fall breeze, Starbucks has brought back PSLs, that means sweater weather is quickly approaching! Yay!

This is such a comfy, cozy sweater. I have been wearing it constantly since I bought it at CorePower Yoga. It's light-weight, but manages to keep me so warm. This makes it a great layering piece. This, plus the fact that it looks amazing with jeans, skirts, and leggings, makes it perfect! And I love this added detail of "Wild Thing" on the left side.

Spiritual Gangster no longer has this sweater available, but it is on YogaOutlet.com! Sizes are limited, so check it out!

As always, thank you for reading,

XOXO Helen

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Labor Day Sales and Deals

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*Outfit details in this post!

Happy Labor Day weekend everyone! Steve and I opted out of traveling this weekend in order to enjoy a quite weekend at home. And by quite weekend, I mean football games for Steve and online shopping for me! Take a scroll through these sales and deals to stock up on your favorite fall basics.

Asos // 20% off order

Bloomingdales // Save 40-60%

DSW // 65% off plus triple points

Express // 40% off everything

J.Crew // 30% off order

J.Crew Factory // 50% off everything

Kate Spade // Extra 30% off sale

Kendra Scott // Up to 25% off

Levi's // 30% off order

Lulu's // Extra 40% off sale items

Nordstrom // up to 40% off

Old Navy // 20% off order

Shopbop // extra markdowns!

Victoria's Secret // Free Shipping

Hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend!

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My Only Staple Button-Down

J. Crew Button Down | Camisole (Old Who What Wear Collection similar here and here) | Mix No. 6 Shoes | J. Crew Shorts | Kendra Scott Kiri Necklace

Typically, I am not one for button-down shirts. I find they don't fit my body type as well as expected. So when I tried this blue and white striped shirt, I was shocked to see how well it fit! 

J. Crew Button Down | Camisole (Old Who What Wear Collection similar here and here) | Mix No. 6 Shoes | J. Crew Shorts | Kendra Scott Kiri Necklace

Currently there are plenty of sizes available. I sized down for a more fitted look. 

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J. Crew Button Down | Camisole (Old Who What Wear Collection similar here and here) | Mix No. 6 Shoes | J. Crew Shorts | Kendra Scott Kiri Necklace

This top can dress up any outfit, whether it's a skirt, jeans, or in my case shorts. I love throwing this shirt over a camisole with a rolled up sleeve for a more relaxed style. 

As always, thank you for reading,

XOXO Helen

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Sleeveless Trench Coat

Dress: Francesca's (old, but similar here and here) | Trench Coat: H&M (old, but similar here and here) | Shoes: BCBGeneration | Sunglasses: American Eagle | Nail Polish: Essie | Lips: CoverGirl 

 

When I came home with a sleeveless trench coach in my shopping bag, Steven shook his head. He looked at me and said, "What is the point of a sleeveless trench coat? It's not going to keep you warm." I laughed and while I knew he was correct, I couldn't help myself, I just loved it!

Since it's purchase, I tend to only wear the coat in spring and fall because the black is so heavy.In summer, I gravitate towardswhite and bright, vibrant colors. As a result, I typically find the long black silhouette to be overpowering when paired with summer outfits. Recently though, I realized this coat would look perfect with a black and white lace summer dress I already owned.

I've had this dress for a few years now and in the past, I've worn it with cropped jackets. They give the outfit a finished look, but because of the fuller skirt, there ends up being a boxy feel to it. The beauty of pairing this trench coat with a full skirt is the entire outfit suddenly slims down. I immediately feel taller. I paired the outfit with my black heels and added a bold red lip. Despite the lack of color, I am loving the diametrically opposed colors. While it deviates from what I typically like to wear in the summertime, I find the contrast bold, appealing, and striking.

As a bonus, I have found that this coat does keep my core warm!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Happy 4th of July! Sales and Deals 2017

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Happy 4th of July everyone! If you're in KC, or stuck in a rain storm like we are, you may not be able to jump in a pool or layout in the sun. That just means it the perfect time for some online shopping! Personally, I find that to be an acceptable way to celebrate :D

4th of july sales and deals

Abercrombie & Fitch | up to 60% off.

Anthropologie | take an extra 30% off sale items.

ASOS | up to 70% off sale items

BaubleBar | up to 75% off sale items

Bloomingdales | Save 25-50% during Deal Reveal!

DSW | Spend $50, get $10 gift certificate

Express | 50% off tees, shorts, dresses, and more.

Francesca’s | up to 70% off clearance.

Free People | 40% off selected styles

Gap | Up to 50% off

H&M | up to 70% off with some deals as low as $4 with code EXTRA40

J. Crew | 30% off your purchase with code ‘HOORAY.’

J. Crew Factory | 50% off everything

Kendra Scott | 15% off Color Bar with code COLOR

Levi's | 40% off sales items with code 40Extra

Lulus.com | Up to 70% off sale items

Macy’s | give $3 and take an extra 25% off

Nordstrom | Summer Markdowns

Target | 20% off clothing

Victoria's Secret | $15 off of $125

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Events with Victoria Beckham For Target

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Dress: Victoria Beckham for Target | Shoes: BCBGeneration Charia Pump (similar here and here | Jacket: Express | Watch: Old Tommy Hilfiger (similar here and here) | Sunglasses: American Eagle | Nail Polish: Essie | Lips: CoverGirl

 

Like many women, I am obsessed with Target and I am obsessed Victoria Beckham. Target is just wear I manage to get everything I need on a day-to-day basis.  Victoria Beckham is just the most perfect style icon in my eyes. I have literally followed her my whole life, starting from her time in the Spice Girls. In the 90s, I thought her mini lace dresses and crop tops were the best and now her style is just the most chic and posh, pun intended. So when I heard she was doing a collab with Target, I knew I would need to check it out.

When I purchased with dress, I didn't have an event in mind to wear it to, but I knew I would eventually have one. This is both my curse and my saving grace. There have been multiple times, much to my husband's dismay, where I'll purchase an outfit, knowing it will be worn… just not sure when… (But, hey, this worked in my favorite for a wedding we have coming up! More on that later :D)

I have become obsessed with this dress! It's a gorgeous body-con dress that hugs all the right places. I feel absolutely beautiful when I wear it. So far, I have worn it to a baby shower and my younger bother's college graduation, and one more event coming up. This dress, and many others, are still available at Target, and they're discounted now!

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Fall Skirt For Spring

Top: Mossimo (similar here and here) | Skirt: Mossimo | Shoes: Mix6 | Jacket: Old Express (similar here and here) | Watch: Old Tommy Hilfiger (similar here and here) | Sunglasses: American Eagle | Nail Polish: SinfulColors | Lips: CoverGirl

I find spring and fall to be interesting times of the year. They're a middle ground; a combination of every weather imaginable: hot, cold, rain, snow. They're both transitional times. In the fall we move from sandals and sundresses to boots and sweaters. Then in the spring we trade our sweaters for the same sundresses.  The thing I have found to be most curious is how no one seems to talk about just how similar these two season are style wise. With both season lasting about three months, we spend more time transitioning between winter and summer, then we actually do in the heat or the col.  Despite their similarities, we are expect to have separate wardrobes for both seasons.

My red corduroy skirt, perfect for a fall day. I purchased it last October and wore it constantly in the fall. I have styled it with boots, tights, chambray shirts, and sweaters. I recently pulled it out of my closet and became sad at the thought of not wearing this for another 6 months. The color is deep and the fabric is heavy; not up to the normal spring standards. But I decided I didn't want to ignore this skirt. In a time where jean skirts, another heavy fabric, have come back in style, I believed this will work.

I started with a complimentary color for the deep, warm red. I decided that blush (a spring stable) would pair nicely with the burgundy. I brought this out in my shoes and accessories, with additional touches of silver and gold. Then one of my favorite white tees, partially tucked in for a relaxed look. Finally, my jean jacket, an item I wear all year round.

After the success of this outfit, I am determined to keep this up. Hopefully, this is help me expand my outfit choices, while keeping my shopping this spring to a minimum. 

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Lace, Leather, and Leopard

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Top: Who What Wear by Target | Jeans: Levi's | Shoes: Mossimo (similar here and here) |Jacket: Express | Watch: Old Tommy Hilfiger (similar here and here) | Necklace: Kendra Scott| Sunglasses: American Eagle | Nail Polish: Essie | Lips: CoverGirl

If read my blog regularly, you are no stranger to my incredible distaste for the amount of rain we have been having Kansas City recently. The rain has driven my wardrobe to hoodies, tennis shoes, just overall drab clothes to keep myself warm and dry. So I have been so unbelievable grateful for the sunshine we've had for the last few days.

When it comes to spring fashion, my favorite pairings are dainty tops with jeans. I absolutely love that little, thin strapped tops are popular this year because that style has always been a favorite of mine. Now I have the excuse to buy so many this spring and summer! First up, this gorgeous satin and lace top. It's the absolute perfect blush pink, but it also comes in black. This top paired with my ripped Levi's and I just feel so beautiful, ready to take on the day. I added my leopard ballet flats for some extra color and texture and my leather jacket for when the wind picks up. I mean, it's Kansas City in the spring; it's always windy.

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Neutral Color Block

Top: Lulu's | Shoes: Old Pink and Pepper (similar here and here)| Belt: Asos | Watch: Old Tommy Hilfiger (similar here and here) | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Nail Polish: Sinful Colors (Pin Up Pink) c/o Influenster

Kansas City weather has been a fickle little vixen recently. One day it's hot, next day it's cold, the following day we have a tornado warning! This can make dressing for the weather very difficult. It's not quite time to abandon sweaters, but I also have my shorts well within reach. So the combination of the miniskirt with three-quarter length sleeves makes this Lulu's dress perfect for any day.

My story behind this dress is actually a cute one. I had pinned this dress randomly on my Pinterest Board months before I saw it on Lulu's! So when it popped up on the website while browsing, I knew I had to add it to my closet. I styled it with this gorgeous hard gold belt with a detail chain on the back, easy beige booties, and a dainty Kendra Scott necklace. But the beauty behind this dress is I can style it for the warm summer days by adding a sandal or ballet flat or for the cooler spring evenings by adding my brown leather jacket. So much versatility! I just love this dress!

To my Kansas City readers, hope everyone was safe last night! And in the mean time enjoy this wonderful weather. This city has proven that it can come and go at the drop of a hat!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Fall Shoe Favorites

I get so excited when it's time to bust out my fall shoe collection! So I decided to share my current favorites for this beautiful season!

1. Nude Pumps These are the classic nude shoe with a twist! There the perfect dress shoe to transition from summer to fall. I wear them every chance I get.

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BCBGeneration Charia Pump

2. Plaid Pumps I clutched these shoes the moment I saw them in the store. I just envisioned wearing them every day in October/November. They're off to a great start!

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BCBGeneration Gaminkha Plaid Pump

3. Leopard Ballet Flats You may remember from my Summer Shoe Favorites that I love ballet flats. So of course, I have some for the fall as well. I've had these leopard shoes for some time now and they are perfect with so many fall outfits!

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Similar: Women's Ona Scrunch Ballet Flat - Mossimo Supply Co.

4. Faux Suede Booties No fall shoe collection is complete without a pair of booties. I've treasured these for some time now (as you may be able to tell) but they are the best color, fit, style, and bonus: they are crazy comfy!

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Similar: Adrian Western Ankle Boot

5. Knee-High Brown Boots As the fall days go from brisk to freezing, I have my knee-high boots to fall back on. The best part with these boots is I can wear them with jeans, leggings, and dresses in the fall and as we dip into winter.

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G by GUESS Heat Riding Boot (currently 50% off!)

Hope you've enjoyed checking out my favorite shoes buys of the Fall! What are your favorites for this season?

 As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Sunday Style: Edit 2

What I wore this week!

13_tuesTuesday: Top from Target, Jeans, Booties, Necklace

14_wedWednesday: Top, Jeans, Blazer from Macy's, Shoes.

15_thursThursday: Dress, Shoes, Necklace from Lulu's (similar), Sunglasses.

16_friFriday: Sweater from Alo, Tank, Shorts, Shoes.

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Sunday Style: Edit 1

What I wore this week!

mon_5Monday: Top, Shorts, Shoes, Necklace.

tues_6Tuesday: Dress from Francesca's, Jacket from Express, Shoes, Earrings.

wed_7Wednesday: Dress from Francesca's, Shoes.

thur_8Thursday: Top, Pants, Shoes, Necklace.

9_friFriday: Top from Francesca's, Jeans, Shoes.

10_satSaturday: Dress from Macy's, Blazer from Macy's, Shoes, Earrings.

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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A Dress Fit For a Bride…smaid

For nearly a year of my post-grad life, I worked at Bella Bridesmaids, a boutique filled with bridesmaids dresses only, no wedding gowns. There, I learned so much about bridesmaids dresses and the designers. I truly enjoyed helping brides find the perfect dresses for their closest friends. It was so wonderful getting to help make the most special day of their lives even better! It brought me so much joy! But to my surprise, it wasn't uncommon for a bride to come in looking for a dress for herself!

There are plenty of reason why a bride would turn to a bridesmaids shop to find her own dress. For starters, there is the price point. Bridesmaids dresses tend to fall in the $150-$300 range depending on the designer. This compared to a $1000+ price point for a bridal gown can be very appealing. Another reason can be the simplicity. We would see a lot of brides who were getting married on the beach, who were eloping, or who just wanted a simple, yet beautiful dress.

Often time bridesmaids dresses offer more variety than bridal gowns. Not every bride wants a long, white dress. Bridesmaids dresses offer a variety of color and style options, while still looking bridal.

Below, I've collected 27 of my favorite options for bridesmaids dresses turned bridal gown!

Classic:

BM_1Joanna August Catherine Long - $285

BM_5Paper Crown Maura - $325

BM_8Donna Morgan Lark - $240

BM_26 Paper Crown Brenna - $275BM_14Adrianna Papell Floral Embroidered Gown - $360

BM_15Jenny Yoo Ava - $290

BM_17Watters Florian

BM_20Dessy Collection #2964 - $250

BM_21Dessy Collection #2938 - $234BM_22Alfred Sung #D698 - $220

Boho:

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Joanna August Dorian Long Lace - $395

BM_27 Nouvelle Amsale Holly

BM_30 Monique Lhuillier #450287

BM_3 Joanna August Kimberly Long - $285

BM_28Amsale G851C

Sparkle:

BM_7Donna Morgan Tiffany - $290

BM_29 Amsale Loire

BM_11Adrianna Papell Halter Gown - $369

BM_12Adrianna Papell Scoop Back Sequin Gown - $280

BM_13Adrianna Papell Beaded V-Neck Gown - $300

BM_19Watters Sophia

Two-Piece:

BM_9Donna Morgan Adeline Top and Skirt - $330

BM_25Monique Lhuillier #450317 #450324 #450240

Pattern:

BM_16Jenny Yoo Inesse- $290

BM_23Donna Morgan Alana - $260

BM_24Amsale #GA107C

BM_6Paper Crown Mandi - $295

See something above that you like, but don't want it for your bridal gown? These dresses are also perfect for Bridal Showers, Bachelorette Parties, Rehearsal Dinners, and Vow Renewals! I, myself, wore Paper Crown's Brenna dress for my rehearsal dinner. Afterwards, when photos were posted online, so many people asked if it was actually wedding dress!

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Also, remember that everything you've seen is a bridesmaids dress, so they all come in a several different colors outside of white, blush, and champagne. So if you see something you like and want it for your own bridesmaids, make sure to take a look and see all of the color options!

As always, thank you for reading, Helen

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Summer Shoe Favorites

Summer has always been my favorite season for shoes. Everything is so colorful, with a mix of high heels and ballet flats. So I decided to share my favorite shoe buys of this summer!

1. Blush Ballet Flats Ballet flats are always my summer go-to shoe. Personally, I don't like wearing flip flops unless I am at the beach, so I need an alternative to an easy slip on summer shoe. In my array of ballet flats, I realized I was missing a blush pink pair. So I went on the hunt and found this pair! They are so comfy and simple and had a great price point.

Summer_Shoe_1Summer_Shoe_22. Tennis Shoes Another hole in my shoe closet was a stylist tennis shoe. Something along the lines of what Taylor Swift would wear. When I found these, there were so many color options! I decided to go with the turquoise color because it is one of my favorite colors, especially for summer! They go with shorts, skirts, and sun dresses, so I've been wearing them all the time!

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3. Lace-up Ballet Flats I had been iffy about this lace-up shoe trend. I had seen some styles I liked and others I didn't, so I wasn't sure if it was a style I should pursue. As a compromise, I decided to tryout the style on a less expensive shoe, and see how often I would wear them. Turns out, a lot!

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Summer_Shoe_6 4. Peep-Toe Booties I had bought and returned so many pairs of open-toe booties for the last few months. I loved this trend, but could not find a pair that fit me well. I decided to try one last pair, and if they didn't work, I was giving up. Thankfully, I tried because this pair was the perfect one!

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5. Blush/Gray Ankle Strap High Heel When I saw these shoes, I didn't have a reason to buy them. But of course, I didn't let that stop me because they are beautiful! Since they're purchase, I have found reason after reason to wear them and I have gotten so many compliments. Sometimes you just need to buy the shoes!

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Summer_Shoe_10 Shop the Look: Blush Ballet Flats | Tennis Shoes | Lace-up Ballet Flats | Peep-Toe Bootie | Blush/Gray Ankle Strap High Heels

Hope you've enjoyed checking out my favorite shoes buys of the summer!

As always, thank you for reading, Helen

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What I Packed for Alaska

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We are in Alaska! Yesterday, we took our long flight from KC to Anchorage. The travel time, including the layover, was 8 hours. But I came prepared with things to do, like writing this post, so the time went quickly.

Prior to the trip, my friend we're visiting sent us a "must pack list." This list contained items that we would need specifically for our Alaskan adventures.  Because of this, we had a bit of an unusual packing list. Some key pieces are included below!

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  1. Leggings on leggings on leggings. We will be going on hikes, among other outdoor activities, and leggings are perfect for all of them.
  2. Hiking boots. As you may have read in last week's Friday Finds, I recently bought hiking boots for this trip.
  3. Rain Coat. This was actually a wonderful excuse to buy a rain coast, which I have been meaning to get for years. A necessity because we will be doing some ice hiking and boating.
  4. Hat. It may be summer, but it's still cold in Alaska.
  5. Swim suit. You may have read my statement above and thought, "If it's cold, why the swim suit?" One of the places we're going has a hot tub, so we gotta be prepared!

Then, of course, we had to pack the typical clothing items and usual travel accessories. The weather is expected to be mostly in the 50s and 60s. So I packed jeans, leather leggings, sweaters, tees, and booties. The cooler weather is definitely welcomed after the 100+ heat wave in Kansas City!

If you're interested in seeing photos from Alaska in real time, check out my Instagram page.

As always, thanks for reading, Helen

 

Seeing Through Rose Colored Glasses

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No, literally! My recent obsession has been rose-colored sunglasses. I first saw them start to pop up on Pinterest a few weeks ago and I was immediately in love! It seems like the perfect look for summer. They have such a chic, breezy, relaxed look to them. One of the things I love about the color Rose Quartz is it’s a light pink, which makes it perfect for a neutral. Personally, I would prefer Rose Quartz as a neutral because it’s a lighter, warmer color compared to the typical champagne/beige/taupe colors, and especially compared to black or white. Choosing neutral colored sunglasses is a wise move because they will go with practically every outfit. So Rose Quartz is perfect; a neutral with a twist!

Rose Quartz seems to be showing up everywhere since Pantone named it one of the colors for 2016. Since the beginning of the year, I’ve added Rose Quartz tops, dresses, and jewelry, but I never thought about sunglasses! I’ve always veered towards darker sunglasses but, for these gorgeous pairs, I’ll make an exception.

Below are some of the sunglasses I’ve been staring at online!

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Express

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Karen Walker at Nordstrom

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Ray Bans

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Factory J. Crew

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American Eagle Outfitters

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Kate Spade New York at Nordstrom

I’m not sure which yet, but one of these pairs (or two!) will definitely end up in my purse!

Thanks for reading!

Helen

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