Best of: Neon Accessories

This spring, color trends could not be more opposite! One of the big trends for spring is anything neon, and yet another trend is everything in pastel hues. I'm always working to incorporate more color into my wardrobe, and styles this season will present countless ways to do so. Since neon is such a huge statement, I highly suggest wearing a single pop of it with an otherwise simple outfit if you're afraid to go all-in on blindingly bright hues. Here are a few of my favorite neon accessories for spring:



1. J.Crew striped tee
2. Adia Kibur necklace (the original is a little pricey, but Grace from Stripes and Sequins did a DIY tutorial over on Glitter Guide, if you want to make your own!)
3. Kate Spade Gloria clutch
4. Kate Spade bow belt
5. Old Navy Flats (what a steal- only $23!)
6. La Mer watch

Family Treasures

Like most girls I know, I'm pretty sentimental. One thing I'm particularly sentimental about is jewelry that I'm lucky enough to have that was passed down from my grandmother and great grandmother.  My mom and sister both know this- they've kindly allowed me to "adopt" the majority of those pieces (of course, they both know that if they want something back, they just need to ask!), and I love wearing them. I wanted to share my favorite necklace that my great grandmother passed along to us on the blog today, and share a little story to go along with it! 


Above, the bottom photo is of this necklace that my great grandmother gave my mom. I've loved this necklace forever, and wear it quite often. A year ago, I was on the phone with one of my professors, discussing a term paper, and the necklace suddenly snapped, and beads went flying every where. I was so upset that I had tears in my eyes for the rest of the phone call! I tried to find all of the beads that I could, and my mom kindly re-strung them for me. Thanks, Mom! I was so relieved that she was able to repair it! 

The upper left hand photo is actually an earring from the necklace set that my mom had converted into a ring for me for Christmas a few years back- she saved the other one for my sister if she ever wants one made, too! The earrings in the set were clip-ons, and very large and too heavy to wear as earrings, but I love it as an oversize cocktail ring! It was easily one of my all-time favorite gifts, and I wear it often. 

The bracelet is a recent addition to my little glass bead set! My sister just did a tour of Europe for an international business class she took (lucky girl!) and spied this bracelet on the island of Murano, in Italy, and sweetly brought it home for me as a gift! (Yes, she's awesome. No, you can't adopt her to be your little sister- I've got dibs!) She bought herself one, too, so we have matching sister bracelets!

I don't ever wear all three pieces together, but I love them all, and love the memories that go along with each one! 


Are you sentimental about jewelry, too? What's your favorite piece of jewelry you own? 

What I Wore: Houndstooth Coat

This week in Charlottesville, it's bright and sunny, but these photos are from last week when it snowed! I've had this coat for a few years, but rarely had the opportunity to wear it in Arizona. I paired it with a printed red and black dress and my Hunter boots, which resulted in some fun print-mixing and my three favorite colors- red, black and white!


Coat: Anne Klein 
Dress: Urban Outfitters
Tights: Target
Boots: Hunter
Necklace: West Avenue Jewelry
Bag: Kate Spade



All photos by Meggie Burr/SheerBliss Photography

The Icon: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

This is the beginning of a new series on Best of Bklyn! Each Monday, I plan to share one of my favorite style icons, past and present, with you. Today begins with my personal favorite style icon, Jackie Kennedy. 


When someone says the word "icon," the first person that comes to mind, for me, is Jacqueline  Kennedy Onassis. To me, she is the ultimate style icon. When Jackie made a fashion choice, every woman in the nation took note. I love that today, 50 years after her husband was in office, her choices still look fresh and current- two of this fall's biggest "trends," leopard and capes, were outerwear choices she made eons ago. While I love her fashion taste, I admire how she was always perfectly pulled together, in both her public demeanor and her style. She was so graceful- you would have never caught her stepping out of a limo and flashing a crowd like so many starlets today, and she always made an effort to look polished, which I think is becoming a bit of a lost art. I've literally never seen a photo of her where she made a misstep. Here are a few of my favorite Jackie style moments: 





Photos, from top: 1/2/3/4/5/6/7/8/9/10/11

What I Wore: Snow Day

When my friend Meggie was in town this weekend, she and I ventured to the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville to grab burgers from 5 Guys. The burgers were delicious, as always, but something exciting happened while we were eating- it started to snow! Meg and I both grew up in Arizona, so snow is still something we get ridiculously excited over. We snapped a few photos to capture the moment. I wore my Hunter boots, and they were perfect for the weather, since the snow was melting pretty quickly!

Top: Dress worn as shirt (seen here and here)
Pants: H+M (last seen here)
Coat: Martin Richards (I've had this thing forever)
Boots: Hunter
Bag: Kate Spade




Budget Skin Care Routine

At 24, I feel like I'm at the age where I need to have a skincare regimen that will prevent aging and keep my skin looking great for years to come, but I'm not quite at the point where I'm ready to drop a few hundred dollars on pricey department store brands. Here's what I've been using and loving the past few months. These products can all be found at your local drugstore!


From left to right

1. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash- I've been using this specific face wash since high school. I use it twice a day, and it usually manages to take off the majority of my eye makeup without having to use specific remover, which is great, because I'm sometimes lazy at the end of the night. I used to go to sleep with makeup on all the time, but I never do anymore- I know it's not good for my skin...and it just feels plain gross in the morning. 
2. Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub- I'm about halfway through my first bottle of this, and it's definitely my favorite drugstore exfoliating scrub I've ever used. It has 2% salicylic acid, which helps prevent acne, and it keeps blackheads at bay, too. I use the scrub in the shower a couple days a week. 
3. Purifying Mint Mask- A few times a month, I put this green mask on my face, wait 20 minutes, and wash it off. It definitely makes a difference in unclogging pores, making my face look more "fresh," and it's dirt cheap, too! This one is CVS brand, but I've used a few different kinds-they all seem pretty similar.
4. Neutrogena UltraSheer Dry Touch Sunblock in SPF 45- Confession time: I used to use tanning beds. I know, I know. I was young and stupid. I'm super protective of my skin now, however, especially since I burn pretty easily with my fair skin. Any time I'm going to be in the sun for extended periods of time, I use this all  over my skin to protect it, and I wear hats sometimes, too!
5. Olay Complete SPF 30 Defense- Continuing with the whole "prevention is the best medicine" thing, this lotion goes on my face every single morning- even if I'm just sitting in the house with the windows open or driving in the car- I told you, I'm super protective of my skin now! This stuff goes really well under makeup, and  pulls double duty moisturizing your skin, too! 
6. Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum- I've used this product for about a year- I apply it under #5 during the day (when I remember) and always at night. I definitely see a marked improvement in the texture of my skin when I use this- my skin looks smoother and brighter. My mom's dermatologist recommended this product to her over any department store serum and over anything her office sells- to me, that says something! Sometimes, you don't have to spend more to get great results. 
7. Olay Total Complete Moisturizer- I use this in the winter time at night over the #6 serum when my skin is extra dry- I don't have to use it frequently, but it's great when my skin is way too dried out! 

If you're on a budget and want to pick up just one or two products now, I'd go with the face wash (the generic kind of this is great, too!), sunscreen (of course!) and the serum- it really does make a difference, plus it moisturizes! I've acquired all of these products over time. One more tip- I know that Costco sells a lot of the Olay stuff for much cheaper than you can buy it at a drugstore! You could go in with a friend and split the two-packs they sell. 

Disclosure: I wasn't paid by any of the brands mentioned in this post. I've bought all of the products here myself, except the serum- my mom gives me bottles of that when I visit home. Thanks, Mom! 

Surprises and Snow in Charlottesville

I had the craziest, most fun weekend I've had in a long time this weekend! On Friday, I answered the door to our apartment, expecting a FedEx package that Brett had told me would be dropped off that morning. And when I opened the door, one of my oldest and best friends, Meggie, was standing in front of me! She and Brett had been conspiring on this little surprise trip since August- and I literally had no idea the entire time! Very sneaky!


We had quite the adventure this weekend- we showed Meggie our little town and hit some of our favorite restaurants and places.



Meggie happens to be an amazing photographer (check out her blog here- I helped her with the design!) and she had a new lens shipped to us earlier in the week that she had ordered- Brett told me it was part of a gift he was giving me soon, ha! She took a ton of amazing photos over the course of the weekend.

Some photos were of random things...



And she managed to snap plenty of Brett and me, as well... 



And Brett took some of Meg and I...




 We visited Monticello...



And had a little snowstorm, (the weather the day before was warm and sunny!) which made Charlottesville look absolutely magical....




 All in all, it was a pretty perfect weekend, and I'm so glad Meggie came to visit! I'm so lucky to have her as a friend. 



Independent Fashion Bloggers: Links a La Mode

I'm so excited to have one of my posts from last week included in Independent Fashion Blogger's weekly best posts! Thanks IFB, and check out these blogs to see some other great reads!

INSPIRED AND DESIRED NYFW AND BEYOND

This has been a crazy week in New York City – New York Fashion Week brought out the fashionable masses, from shows to parties to the streets and of course the internet. Through social media and our favorite fashion outlets like Style.com and New York Magazine, we can keep up with collections almost instantaneously.
This week’s Links a la Mode round up wasn’t done in the usual way – and we apologize for that! Our community site has been down for maintenance, and should be back up and running very soon. We’re making improvements to make IFB better than ever! Please enjoy this week’s submissions that came in via Twitter, using the hashtag #LALM. Thank you to all who participated – we appreciate your flexibility!

THE IFB WEEKLY ROUNDUP: LINKS À LA MODE: FEBRUARY 2ND



What I Wore: Scarf and Stripes and Rainy Days

This was what was supposed to be my errand-running outfit today...and then I peeked outside and it was raining! Brett snapped a couple pictures before I took off my new wedges and put on my Hunter wellies and a rain coat. Oh, well- it was cute while it lasted.








Dress: Uniqlo
Scarf: Gift from Sister from Austria
Belt: Forever 21
Tights: Express
Wedges: Michael Kors
Arrow bracelet: Catbird
Navy wrap bracelet: Gift from my MIL
Turquoise bracelet: 31 Bits via Polish my Crown giveaway

J.Crew Fall 2012

I was browsing Style.com this morning, looking at all of the new collections, and I decided to take a quick peek at J.Crew's Fall collection. I'm crazy about these new gorgeous looks- they're fun, quirky, beautiful and bright! I've reached the conclusion that I'm going to need a pair of cropped statement pants by the time fall rolls around, and the black ruffled pencil skirt is divine. I'm crazy for the tweedy pink blazer, and the pink and gray shift dress with 3/4 length sleeves! This is one collection that I'd wear almost every single piece in it. I decided to round up a few of the trends in the collection and share my favorites with you! All photos via Style.com.









         


Love/Loathe

I know that I can't be the only girl that feels a little sartorially confused about certain items- do I "love" it, or do I "loathe" it? I decided to start a little blog series to ask for  help deciding these style conundrums- tell me if you love or loathe this style in the comments! 



I've seen  Isabel Marant's "Dicker" boot all over style blogs and magazines the past few months, as well as countless similar iterations that tend to be easier on one's wallet. I've oscillated back and forth on whether I absolutely love these, or thinking that  the style looks like an unfortunately beheaded cowboy boot. At the moment, I think I'm in the "love" camp, but that's likely to change again! If you love  the "Dicker" but want something a little more budget friendly, check out Steven's "Pembroke" for under $100.


So, what camp are you in? Love or Loathe?

Happy Valentine's Day

Best of: Vases

While the plain glass vase that comes with a flower delivery is completely functional, they tend to be a little on the blah side. With so many gorgeous vase options out there, a plain transparent cylinder does not do beautiful blooms the justice that they deserve. With Valentine's Day tomorrow, an architectural vase, like the ones shown below, would make a perfect last minute gift when filled with flowers. The blooms will fade after a few days, but the vase will be pulled out time after time!  I have a couple of fun vases that I absolutely adore, and one of them sits out on my desk, even without flowers in it, just because I love to look at it! Here are a few of my favorite flower vessels from around the web:


4. Crate and Barrel, $35 (I own and love this one- the style name is brooklyn- perfect, no?)

Clearly, someone has an issue...I didn't realize that every vase was white, black, or silver until I was finishing the collage! I'm telling myself it'll just let the flowers stand out more

Valentine's Swatch Watch

I've had an oversized gold Michael Kors watch for almost two years, and I absolutely love it, and wear it almost daily. It's perfectly classic, but every now and then, it's fun to mix things up! Swatch just released a couple Valentine's Day- themed watches, and I think this bright red one, called "Catch My Heart" would be perfect with a casual weekend outfit. It would certainly add a fun pop of color, and I think the rose illustration in the face is fun and funky! If you're not as much of a red one, there's a baby pink version, too.  





Disclosure: I'm not being paid to share my thoughts on this watch- just thought it was a fun, Valentine's themed gift idea! 

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What I Wore: Orange You Glad?

My sister came home to Arizona for a few days last week, and she let me borrow this cute orange silk top from Anthropologie. It was super comfortable, but still cute, and I wore it to hang around the house, since I still wasn't feeling well, and it was also the perfect thing to wear when we ventured out for a quick bite to eat. I'm lucky she has such a great sense of style and lets me borrow her clothes! 

Top: Anthropologie
Jeans: Uniqlo
Booties: Michael Kors
Long Necklace: Catbird
Short Necklace: West Avenue Jewelry
Bangle: Catbird
Beaded bracelet: gift from sister from Italy