Fourth of July Outfits

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Fourth of July is coming soon! I feel like this holiday always sneaks up on me. I totally forget about it, and I in March I’ll think “this fourth of July I’ll remember to get an outfit for our celebration.” Then we’re at the end of June, and I have once again forgotten to get something. So, I’m here to share some easy Fourth of July outfits that could be replicated with things already in your closet! To get you in the spirit, here is a gif from Legally Blonde: Red, White and Blonde:
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First up we have an off the shoulder red dress, which I think is perfect for the Fourth, but would also be perfect for any other summer day, so you’d be able to re-wear it to dinner or to the park! The pale blue sunglasses are a festive touch, which can also be re-worn. A navy cross-body and white converse are ideal for running around a parade or other local festivities.
d5e5a81b9fc6144fad3dc71cbd6a4fc7For most people, the Fourth is spent on or very near a beach! So, I wanted to share three of my favorite swimsuits for this year. I love the old fashioned blue two piece, I think you really cant go wrong with it. I also think the old fashioned suits are so flattering (I mean, Marilyn Monroe wore this style, so obviously it works). I think swimsuits are great on their own, but sunglasses can add a little extra to an otherwise simple look.

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What are you wearing this Fourth of July and how are you celebrating?

Truly,

Callie leigh

A Father’s Day Style Upgrade with Bonobos

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Happy Father’s Day! I don’t know about you, but my dad is one of the hardest people to shop for, so finding the perfect Father’s Day gift is getting more difficult with every passing year. This year, my dad mentioned wanting some new clothes (finally) because he’s worn the same pieces for years. One of his favorite tees looks like a dog chewed the neckline because its so worn! My dad used to live in the Bay Area of California, and he always talks about how he took his style much more seriously when he lived there. A common line when reminiscing about those years is “I dressed much better then.” A common outfit? A polo, 501 jeans, or Sperry topsiders. Then he switched over to khakis, an oxford, and those ever faithful Sperry topsiders.

His style over the years really hasn’t changed much! He still wears the same basics, but he jokes that he has multiple wardrobes for various needs. He farms rice, so he has his more farm-appropriate outfits. However, my dad is also a CPA (certified public accountant), so he also wears more sophisticated outfits during certain times of the year. So, in light of my dad wanting some new clothes, I thought it would be fun to put together some outfits for any time of the year. All the pieces shown here (with the exception of the Sperry topsiders are from Bonobos.com, an awesome menswear site that offers clothing for every man that actually fits correctly. The secret to their fit is the curved waistband that conforms to a man’s natural waistline. So, you can easily say goodbye to poor fitting clothing that is either too tight or too boxy! They also offer free shipping both ways so shopping for the men in your life has never been easier. You can get the experience of shopping in a store from the comfort of your home (or college housing or office is your a busy student or working gal)!

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Above are my two “summer” or warm weather looks for my dad. I personally think he has a strong sense of style, even if he is a bit picky about what he’ll wear. The outfit on the left is a slightly upgraded version of what he wears now to slightly nicer functions in the summertime. However, I would add a bit more color to his wardrobe. My dad tends to wear a LOT of blues, but I am a fan of green, so I think this green button down is subtle but would add dimension to his wardrobe. I also wanted to honor the clothes of his favorite person fashion period, so I added khakis shorts that have a younger fit. I finished this look with two-tone leather and suede Sperrys, which add a nice touch to this otherwise basic outfit.

The second outfit is what I would call my dad’s “uniform,” but it’s upgraded because the the fit of the shorts is fresh and a bit shorter than his normal short, but not too short. I also think the grey polo is such a classic polo it can be dressed up or down. My dad wears the same belt today that he wore 20 years ago. I think the dark Bonobos belt has a subtle detailing that gives it a little something extra. So, even when my dad is at his most casual, there’s still a pop of style. I also finished this outfit with traditional brown leather Sperrys, which is true to my dad. Screen Shot 2017-06-17 at 10.35.10 AM

As I mentioned, the thing I would do to tweak my dad’s style is add more color. So, knowing he may give me an “are you crazy?” look when I recommend the above button downs, I still think they would look good on him. To the left is a dressed up casual look. A darker wash jean, cuffed with a pink checked button down is something I could see my dad wearing around our town to dinner or happy hour. I would also use the same belt from his uniform look.

To the right is the outfit my dad would wear to slightly more formal events. Nothing we do is ever really formal, and if it is he’d wear a suit. I think this look, however, is perfect for the events he attends regularly. The orange gingham shirt is a pattern he’d wear, but the color adds a pop that is currently missing from his wardrobe. I think a lighter belt would compliment this outfit and add a nice detail. I also wanted to honor my dad’s love of khaki once again, and think he can pull off khaki well, so went with the Jetsetter pant.

I really like the mission of Bonobos, and would love to add a few of their pieces to my dad’s wardrobe! Beside their online store, they also have 30 locations in the US, and they offer personalized shopping experiences where you can enjoy a cold one while trying on their styles! I would recommend you checking them out, and keep them in mind for next Father’s Day or Christmas!

What’s your dad’s style like?

Truly,

Callie leigh

 

Summer Beauty Favorites

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When summer comes, I prefer to go lighter on my makeup, but I still like full coverage. I think a big part of summer is taking care of your skin, and making sure you’re protected while still being able to enjoy the warmer weather!

My mom bought this Korres Body Wash in the White Grape [grown in Santorini, Greece] scent, and it. is. delicious. Honestly, it smells SO fresh and clean. As soon as I smelled it, I ordered a bottle for myself. The Korres brand of shower gel is so hydrating. I’ve also never had any problems with the product irritating my skin!

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I don’t change my makeup very frequently. Usually, once I find a product I like, I stick with it until I don’t like it anymore or want a change. Recently, I felt like I needed a new moisturizer. I like my skin to feel hydrated, but NOT greasy. I really dislike moisturizers that leave a filmy feel to your skin. So, I recently switched to Clinique moisture surge. It’s AMAZING. I also went through a bit of a “I don’t like any of the mascaras I’m trying. What is wrong?” phase recently. Then I was watching Carly of the College Prepster go through her summer make up routine, and she mentioned Too Faced’s Better Than Sex mascara. My mom had recently ordered it, and didn’t like it, so offered me the tube to try. I love it! My eyelashes look fuller and more prominent, which I like. IMG_2625.JPG

Urban Decay’s Naked concealer is probably my favorite. I used it a while ago, then decided to change. But I went back to it because it’s so weightless and easy. It also covers my dark circles really well, but I don’t [think] it makes me look cake-y.

In terms of concealer, I am obsessed with IT Cosmetics CC cream with SPF 50. It’s light, provides full coverage, but isn’t too much! I highly recommend this product if you’re in search of a great foundation.

I also love Urban Decay’s sin eye primer. It’s provides a bit of shimmer, so sometimes it’s all I wear on my eyes. Other times I just put a little color in my crease. Too Faced’s chocolate sample from Sephora is a great palette. I use it sometimes for my eyes if I want to wear a bit more color. I also love the bronzer. I usually don’t wear much bronzer, but I like this one because it’s not too dark on my skin, but will add dimension.

Finally, I love the smell of Lavender. I have some spray I put on my pillows, and I usually buy candles that have lavender in them. It’s one of my favorite smells. So, this Bath & Body lotion that is Lavender and Sandalwood is perfect for summer. It smells fresh, but has woody, more earthy undertones that are perfect for summer!

What beauty products are you loving?

Truly,

Callie leigh

Getting Formal

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With prom and formal season approaching quickly, I thought it would be helpful to share my hints for making the most of your night! I believe that the key to a successful formal or prom night is feeling amazing in what you’re wearing. When I was in high school, prom season was always a bit scary. I wanted the perfect dress, complimented by the best jewelry, a pretty hair style, and effortless, red carpet ready makeup.

After high school, formal events weren’t really on my radar. My college didn’t have greek life, so we didn’t have sorority formal, and we also didn’t have “formal” dances. Interestingly enough, law school has a prom type event. Last weekend was Barrister’s Ball, an annual event held at law schools in common law countries. It was a blast, and it was the first time I really dressed up since my sister’s wedding!

It was so fun to get all glam. My normal glam squad (aka my sister and mom) are all the way in CA. Luckily, my roommate helped me apply some fake tan (I use Josie Maran; I was wearing black and my skin hasn’t seen the sun since September). We went and got mani-pedis, and I got my makeup done at Ulta (more on that to come in a future post). Getting super fancy is so much fun, but sometimes its hard to know the right thing to wear for different functions. For example, there were a lot of mixed messages about how formal the Ball was supposed to be. Here are some examples of what my friends and I wore:

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I have four commandments for formal wear that I want to share!

  1. Get a dress that you feel incredible in. Try on as many dresses as you need to until you find the one that makes you feel like Grace Kelly or Audrey Hepburn or your personal style icon. Loving the dress will mean you wear it more confidently.
  2. Treat yourself to the royal treatment. In preparation for a super formal event, I usually light candles, put on a great playlist, and wear my favorite robe around. I feel a little more glamorous, which makes the getting ready process more fun.
  3. Wear the makeup you want to wear. I think with formal wear there is pressure to really amp up your glam. If this is what you like, you should totally go for it! However, if you love subtle makeup, don’t be afraid to wear less. Or pull an Alicia Keys, and don’t wear any!
  4. Jewelry is like icing on a cake – too much can make you unhappy and too little can leave you wanting. I usually go less heavy on jewelry, especially as I get older. In high school, I wore bracelets, earrings, a necklace, etc. Now, I figure out what I think will most compliment the dress and myself in the dress. With the above look, I only wore large, fun earrings!

I think girls sometimes have it easier – I know, I know, don’t object yet – because there is such a plethora of input (go read Seventeen or Cosmo or any website), and you can easily figure out what is appropriate. However, menswear is a bit trickier. There isn’t the same amount of access to information for menswear that there is for women. Additionally, to be completely transparent, most men just ask their date what to wear. I don’t know about you, but when my dates would ask me, I would just give them a color (to match my dress), but leave out any real detail, or any real answer for that matter. Luckily, The Black Tux put together a detailed but quick cheat sheet for proper menswear for various events.

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Next time your date for prom or formal asks what to wear, you can be more specific. Or, if you’re having a formal date night with your boyfriend, you can help him dress accordingly. For those of you with brothers, you can help him be fashionable and make the right choice for his next date/formal event. When I’m home, my dad usually asks my opinion on fashion related things. I do my best, but menswear isn’t my specialty. If you’re in a similar boat, this cheat sheet helps! Dressing well can be expensive, but an option I recommend (especially for prom or formal), is renting! Men can choose from a great selection of menswear to make them look their best.

Most guys and girls get into a bit of a rut in their everyday dress. However, with formal events girls at least have an opportunity to really mix it up. Guys, on the other hand, tend to stick to roughly two options (tux or tux). This guide from The Black Tux encourages a little more creativity, and gives specifics about what exactly should be worn according to what the dress code is. When you’re sure of the pieces you need, it’s easier to have the confidence to get more creative with what version of those pieces you select! For example, if you know you need a sport coat, trousers, and a button down, you may be more willing to pick a patterned button down because you’re no longer worrying about what kind of shirt to wear.

I hope you enjoyed this post!

Truly,
Callie leigh

Heels for Spring

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I recognize the title of this post probably seems like an oxymoron, but I wanted to share boots I think are perfect for transitioning from cold climates to warmer climates (or warm to cold when summer turns to fall). I love boots, and I wear them almost daily in the fall and winter seasons. Lately I can’t get enough of the heeled bootie look. I think heeled booties would be perfect with skinny jeans and a cute blouse/top, or a dress and jean jacket. I’m also obsessed with the Sam Edelman over the knee grey boots (let’s be real, this look became cool when Serena Van Der Woodsen wore a similar pair with her school uniform).  Over the knee boots are perfect to pair with a skirt, and lightweight sweater.

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I wanted to share my top picks right now! I think my next boot purchase will hopefully be an over the knee pair! I usually try to dig through end-of-season sales, which I find is the best time to buy boots!

Blush Bootie | Over the Knee | Leather Bootie | Frye Leather Bootie | Peep Toe Bootie | Light Tan Bootie 

What are your favorite transition boots?

Truly,

Callie leigh

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and you still have plenty of time to get something for the special someone in your life. If you’re single, you can get a Galentine’s Day gift for your favorite gal pal(s)! I wanted to share my top picks for Valentine’s Day inspired gifts.

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Winking Beanie | Heart Wallet |Silk Scarf | Calvin Klein Set | KJP stripe bracelet | KJP Pearl bracelet | Lips Phone Case | Pink Phone Case | Hearts Phone Case | Ted Baker Cosmetic Bag | Burberry Heart Scarf | Love Potion Travel Mug | Chloe Love Perfume | Pink Lipstick | Red Lipstick | Red Nail Polish | Red Glitter Studs 

Some of the items I included are bigger splurges for longer relationships, and others are small ways to show you care! I believe you should show the people in your life that you care about them everyday, but on Valentine’s Day, you can do a little something extra!

Truly,
Callie leigh

Fair Isle Fever

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As the temperatures drop, I find myself looking for more and more layers. I love fair isle patters, and I especially love the following items. I think fair isle sweaters definitely feel appropriate during the holidays, but they are also SO warm! Also, since my ears feel like they’re about to freeze off every time I go outside, I particularly like the beanie.

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Pink and Gray Sweater | Red Sweater | Socks | Phone Case | Navy Sweater | Red Beanie | Mug | Gray, Blue and Pink Sweater 

What are your favorite fair isle items this season?

Truly,

Callie leigh

Gift Guide: Christmas 2016

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I know it feels a bit early to be thinking about Christmas, but I don’t think it’s ever too early to start thinking about gifts. For me, I try to get through finals and then worry about it, but then I always feel pressed for time. Thinking about gifts early makes sure you’re giving great gifts, and makes sure you have time for them to ship to you, and that the items aren’t sold out!! So, I put together a gift guide, and wanted to help make your holiday shopping experience as painless as possible.

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Stocking stuffers are a fun part of Christmas because you can give your loved ones a little something extra! I also think stocking stuffer ideas can double as small gifts for people in our life that you want to show a little love and appreciation to!

My top picks for stocking stuffers are:EcoTools Lovely Looks: Glamorous Glow Set • EcoTools Kate Spade New York Eat Cake For Breakfast Phone Charger for iPhone®5 and 5s • Kate Spade slip Silk Eye Mask Vivid Leather Earbud Case Library of Flowers Linden Luminary, 5 oz. • Library of Flowers Philosophy Pure Grace Perfumed Body Spritz 8 Oz. • philosophy tarte Amazonian butter lipstick • Tarte Gingham Cosmetics Case Women’s Italian Leather Classic Gloves, Jewel-Toned Ribbed hat with faux-fur pom-pom • J.CrewBaubleBar ‘Flamenco’ Drop Earrings • BaubleBar Leather Zip Wristlet Fossil Rfid Passport Case • Fossil Cable over-the-knee socks (2-pack) • Gap CB Gift That’s All ‘Live Fearlessly’ Ceramic Trinket Tray

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Here are some bigger gifts for the people you feel confident spending a little more on. I typically go big for my mom, sister, brother-in-law, and dad.

My top picks for slightly larger gifts: Philosophy Fresh Cream Body Experience
Herringbone Weekender
Navy Watch Plaid Cosmetics Case
Starbucks® VerismoTM 600 Brewer
Beats by Dr. Dre Gold Beats Solo 3 On-Ear Wireless Headphones
Women’s Patagonia Nano Puffy Jacket
Jo Malone London Orange Blossom Cologne, 1.0 oz. NM Beauty Award Winner 2015
Kate Spade New York ‘cecilia’ Embellished Kitty Loafer
Tory Burch Jolie Leather Riding Boots
Black Watch flannel pajama set
Katahdin Polartec Fleece Top Misses Regular
Bose ® SoundTouch ® 10 Wireless Music System
Sweet Water Decor Boss Lady Mug
Blanket Scarf, Plaid

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I like to go especially crazy for my mom. She and I are so close (think Lorelai and Rory without the Season 6 crazy), and so I always want to show her how much I appreciate her during the holidays. I’m so excited to return to California, and a big part of being home for the holidays is how special my mom insists on making them.

For mom: Leather Handle Boat and Tote
Ray-Ban Round Monochromatic Clubmaster® Sunglasses, Black/Green
Tory Burch all around zip wallet
Burberry Check Wool & Cashmere Scarf
Aerie Power Naps Sleep Mask
stila ‘eyes are the window TM – soul’ eyeshadow palette
Leather gloves
Short Leather Stacked Heel Booties
Nike Flex Experience Run 4 Premium Women’s Running Shoes
Nike FS Lite Run 3 Womens Running Shoes
The Essential Brush Collection
‘Good Mom’ Ceramic Mug
The Emily & Meritt Scallop Statement Pinboard, Linen Ground with Gold Frame

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New Friends can be tricky to buy for, but I think it’s also important to recognize, to some degree, that you’re excited to have the new friendship! Here are some small, or larger, ways to show you care.

Boston, Massachusetts Calligraphy Map Art Print
J.Crew ‘Edie’ Ruffle Top
Argento Vivo Personalized Large 3-Initial Letter Monogram Necklace
Artisan Crafted Majolica Ceramic Bird Mugs (Pair), ‘Owl Hospitality’
Plaid Flannel Fringe Scarf for Men
Kate Spade New York – Ready Set Bow Bangle Bracelet
Cable crewneck sweater with ruffle sleeves

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Waxed Canvas Laptop Sleeve
Leather bottoms-up flask
Wool-blend tech gloves
Classic Gift Set
Bean’s Cuffed Beanie Men’s
Heavyweight flannel shirt
Men’s Tek Gear® Fleece Crew Sweatshirt

What gifts are you giving this season?

Truly,
Callie leigh

Plaid Shoes

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You know the holiday season is near when the plaid items start infiltrating all the stores! I am SO obsessed with all the plaid shoes in stores right now. I think they’re perfect for adding a festive touch to any outfit without being too over the top. Here are my favorites pairs of plaid shoes:

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Talbot’s plaid flats in green | Talbot’s plaid flats in red | Navy Plaid Pump | Red, Black, and Cream Plaid pump | Red and Black plaid pump | J. Crew plaid, scallop pump (OBSESSED)

What are your favorite plaid items this season?

Truly,
Callie leigh

Cold Weather Accessories

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It’s getting chilly here in Virginia! Today there was definitely a biting cold in the air as I was walking into my law school building. Moving from California is an adjustment. I knew I’d be cold, but it’s interesting to me that 60 degrees here feels significantly colder than 60 degrees in CA. It’s also raining more, which requires umbrellas, and other cold weather accessories! Today, I wanted my go to items once the chill in the air gets a little more intense!

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Cute beanie | Lip Balm | Fuzzy earmuffs | Warm Beverage (green tea chai latte for the win!) | Cozy Socks | Warm Scarf 

What are your go to accessories for cold weather?

Truly,

Callie leigh