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How to Wear Leopard Print – Fall 2018 Trend Alert

I teamed up with four fashion bloggers to bring you 5 different ways to wear leopard print and stay on-trend this fall!

If there is one print that’s taking the fashion world by storm this fall, it’s leopard print. From dresses to outerwear to accessories, leopard is slowly making its way into everyone’s wardrobe this season.

I teamed up with four fashion bloggers – Michelle from Dressing with Style(s), Lindsey from Cozy Stylist, Kait from Teacups and Things, and Hannah Gladwin – to bring you 5 different ways to style this fabulous print and tell you why we love this trend!

Skirts

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I love incorporating prints into my fall wardrobe, and leopard print is the perfect way to spice things up while staying on trend. I decided to style this leopard print skirt from Forever 21. I love this piece because this particular print is subtle and great for everyday wear. I paired the skirt with a knit black sweater and lace-up suede booties. I accessorized my outfit with polka dot tights and rose gold jewelry for a cohesive and warm look.

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Skirt: Forever 21

Sweater: Target

Tights: Forever 21

Boots: Vince

Watch: Michael Kors

Dresses

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Michelle says:

I’m a 90s gal through and through, so when animal print came back into fashion, I immediately picked up literally everything in leopard print. My favorite find? This ASOS dress that is perfect for nearly every occasion! I’m always running late in the morning, so a dress is my perfect go-to outfit. With this piece, you can easily dress it down –like I’ve done here– with a pair of Vans. If it’s chilly wear you live, black booties and a nice leather jacket give it a bit of an edge. Headed somewhere a bit fancy? Throw on a pair of heels and you’ve got yourself a sexy drape neck dress. And, because of the leopard print, there’s a little pop of that extra something!

Dress: ASOS

Shoes: Vans

Earrings: H&M

Find Michelle’s blog here, and keep up with her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest!

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Lindsey says:

I am usually the type of girl to stick to solid colors or very simple prints like stripes or polka dots. So when I saw that leopard was going to be a big trend this season I had to think of ways that I could incorporate the print into my wardrobe. I ended up buying this fabulous scarf and pointed flats. I found that I could style this scarf with many different outfits. It goes perfectly with a long sleeve tee, jeans, and flats or a cute sweater dress and boots. You can mix the leopard print with other patterns but I choose to wear it as the only printed piece so that I don’t overwhelm my outfit. The scarf works perfectly against fall tones and neutral colors.

Find Lindsey’s blog here, and keep up with her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest!

Boots

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Kait says:

I’ve always been a huge fan of statement accessories – be it a necklace, statement earrings or a loud shoe. Statement accessories are a great way to experiment with trends that may be out of your comfort zone, and for many people animal prints can be a little intimidating. What I love about these leopard print boots is that they are so incredibly easy to dress up or dress down. You can wear them with virtually anything, like jeans and an oversized sweater for a more casual look like I did here. These boots also look great with a dress or skirt and some tights for a dressier look.

Sweater: H&M

Jeans: ZARA

Boots: Blowfish Shoes

Purse: Kate Spade

Hat: H&M

Find Kait’s blog here, and keep up with her on Instagram, TwitterFacebook and Pinterest!

Coats

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Hannah says:

A faux fur leopard print coat adds a bit of luxuriousness to any outfit… plus it’s really warm! Normally, I’m not afraid to mix prints together but, for this outfit, I let the coat be the statement piece and chose a neutral palette for the rest of the outfit.

Oversized pieces and flowy fabrics has also been a big trend, so I put together my favourite nude-pink culottes with a light copper tone blouse with a twist front. I think the tonal colours really compliment the leopard print – the mix of textures and colours create an elegant final look (so of course I wore this to the Dorchester!).

To finish the look, I picked out the black spots in the coat and accessorised with a beautiful croc textured DVF bag (another animal print big for autumn and winter!) and some simple black heels. However, the great thing about this look is that you can easily dress it down, by wearing some chunky sneakers or some leather chelsea boots, if you’re wanting to go more casual.

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Coat: H&M

Bag: Diane Von Furstenberg

Blouse: River Island

Culottes: Asos

Shoes: Asos

Find Hannah’s blog here, and keep up with her on Instagram, Twitter and Bloglovin’!


A special thanks to Lindsey for coordinating this fun and fashionable collaboration! Be sure to check out all of these ladies’ blogs – they’re all amazing and so chic. If you love my content, you’ll love theirs too!

My Fall Fashion Must-Haves – Fall 2018

From the layering to the rich colors, fall is my favorite season to enhance my style and dress to the nines.

The best season for fashion is amongst us: fall! From the layering to the rich colors, fall is my favorite season to enhance my style and dress to the nines. I love experimenting with different outfit combinations, patterns and colors, but I do have a few staples that I absolutely need to complete my fall wardrobe.

These are my fall fashion must-haves for 2018:

Warm & Cozy Skirts

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Photo from my Instagram.

Although it may seem counterproductive during the colder months, skirts are hands down my favorite thing to wear during this season. I love wearing tights and boots with a cozy skirt, particularly those made from wool or corduroy fabrics.

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Both Skirts: Forever 21

Over-the-Knee Boots

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The days before over-the-knee boots are times I don’t want to remember. Over-the-knee boots have been a staple in my colder weather wardrobe for over two years. I like having a black pair and a brown pair to choose from.

Black boots: Marc Fisher

Brown boots: Carlos by Carlos Santana

Rich Colored Nail Polish

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Instead of going to the nail salon, I’ve been doing my own nails for the past few months, and I’ve been loving it. I always look forward to wearing darker, richer nail colors when the season changes, and this year is no different. I’ve recently been loving fall tones from KL Polish, a nail polish brand created by one of my favorite YouTubers, Kathleenlights.

Nail polishes: KL Polish

(Left Column – Mindy, Chloe, Central Park. Right Column – Jane, Brick Sidewalk, 1435.)

Faux Fur Jackets

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I definitely jumped on the furry jacket bandwagon this year! These glamorous faux fur jackets have enhance my wardrobe in both the style and the warmth department. I love this trend so much that I have another faux fur jacket on the way to my house right now, and I plan to add more to my collection.

Jacket: WYLDR at Bloomingdales Outlet

Plaid

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Plaid certainly isn’t revolutionary for fall, but it’s definitely my favorite pattern for the season. I do enjoy the typical flannel shirt, but my favorite way to wear this classic pattern is as scarfs or skirts. I have a fair share of plaid scarfs that go perfectly with any casual outfit, and I’m happily adding to my plaid skirt collection (see cozy skirt photo above).

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Brown plaid scarf: Nordstrom Rack

Grey plaid scarf: Nordstrom Rack

Green plaid scarf: Chelsey II

Summer in New York: The Outfits Edit

What I wore on my summer New York City trip!

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I recently spent a weekend in New York City with my brother, and it was an awesome trip. There really is nothing like summer time in a big city, and New York is no exception to this rule. The beautiful architecture mixed with greenery and the liveliness brought with the warm weather made visiting old favorites and new places magical.

It could be that The Devil Wears Prada is set in New York or that most fashion icon characters live in this city (including my favorites, Blair Waldorf and Serena Van Der Woodsen), but when I visit NYC, I feel the need to make sure my style is top notch.

Here’s a roundup of what I wore for a summer weekend in New York City!

Day 1

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For the first day in New York, I wanted to make sure my outfit was comfortable and breathable – perfect for a 6 a.m. plane ride and the summer heat. I decided to wear my favorite paperbag shorts with a white tie-front crop top. I wore my trusty Steve Madden sandals and my favorite black cateye sunglasses. (Iced coffee made an appearance as an accessory. Did you expect anything less of me?)

Top: Forever 21

Shorts: Forever 21

Shoes: Steve Madden

Sunglasses: Michael Kors

Bag: Kate Spade

Day 2

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For a day of visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Central Park and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, I wanted to dress up a little bit. I wore a sage green zip-front skirt with a gingham lettuce-edged tube top. To save space in the suitcase, my sandals, sunglasses and bag were the same as outfit 1.

Top: Charlotte Russe

Skirt: Charlotte Russe

Shoes: Steve Madden

Sunglasses: Michael Kors

Necklace: Adina’s Jewels

Day 3

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I decided to wear something a little out of my comfort zone for day 3: a jumpsuit! I never thought I could pull one off, thinking it would look strange on my body type, but this piece was so much fun to wear! It was perfect for a chilly summer afternoon, and with the pink and cream stripes and bow in the front, this jumpsuit was practically made for my style. I paired it with tan sandals and dainty jewelry.

Jumpsuit: Forever 21

Sandals: Steve Madden


College: What I Wish I Did Differently

Four things I wish I did differently during my college years.

I never thought I would see the day that I wasn’t returning to school in the fall, but at last I made it!

I’m looking forward to enjoying pumpkin spice lattes and sweater weather (I know, I’m super basic) without the pressure of homework and exams. As a fresh college graduate, I’ve done a lot of reflecting on my college experience, and I want to share what I’ve come to realize now that my mind isn’t clouded by deadlines and overly-caffeinated stress.

For those starting college, continuing the journey, or just a curious college graduate wondering what others experience, I have a few lessons to share with you:

#1: I Wish I Took a Gap Year.

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A photo of me wearing the hoodie my parents got me after I officially enrolled at DePaul in 2014 — heavy Instagram filter and all.

We’re taught that once you graduate from high school, college in the next step. We’re told “It’s so hard to go back to school when you take a break.” It’s expected that we attend four continuous years of college right off the bat, but I’m here to tell you that I don’t agree with this.

When I enrolled at DePaul, I chose secondary education as my major because I thought that was what I was supposed to do. My family, friends and high school teachers assumed that I would go to college to become a teacher, which made me think I was supposed to do that. When I was applying to colleges, I didn’t know you could pick “undecided” as a major, and I never took the time to figure out what I actually wanted to study. After a year of avoiding secondary education classes (because my gut knew I didn’t want to be a teacher), I finally switched to ‘undecided’.

I used my first two years of college to complete my ‘gen ed’ requirements, and along the way, I discovered my love for fashion, makeup and all things lifestyle. After being a journalism major for three months and disliking it, I declared my major in public relations and advertising and it stuck. Although I eventually found a major I loved, I only spent two years studying it. If I had taken time off to figure out what I truly wanted to study, I would have had the opportunity to spend more time with my major.

#2: I Wish I Joined an Organization Sooner.

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The day I ran home to Alpha Omicron Pi – Fall 2016.

As a commuter, college life can get a little lonely. For two years, I drove to school, went to class, and drove back home. Wanting to find a sense of community on campus, I decided to join a sorority my junior year, and I am so happy I did. I met some of my best friends through my organization, and I am proud to be a part of something bigger than myself. I don’t regret joining my sorority as a junior; I only wish I did it earlier.

#3: I Wish I Paid Attention to My Creativity Side.

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Photo via Instagram.

Don’t get me wrong – school, working and doing internships are really important parts of the college experience. However, I wish I spent more time doing the things I love. It took me until my senior year to pursue my creative dreams – blogging, social media and music – alongside my education and work life. I must say, doing so has been the best choice I have made thus far, and I plan to continue making time for the things I love.

#4: I Wish I Wasn’t So Hard On Myself.

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Senior year spring break in Dallas.

Some would call my magic act of balancing overtime in classes, a job, multiple internships, and sorority simply “overachieving”. I called it “doing what I need to do.” Now I believe it was neither.

After nights without sleep, canker sore breakouts (stress will do that to you!), multiple mental breakdowns, gallons of coffee and struggling to keep up with everything I put on my plate, I must say it wasn’t worth it. I accomplished a lot in the past few years, and I’m proud of myself for that. But because of the schedule I created for myself, I spent more time counting down the days until it was over rather than enjoying my time as a college student. College is hard, yes, but it’s also supposed to be enjoyable. My advice is to avoid pushing yourself to an unhealthy extent and slow down. Balancing a million things isn’t worth dreading every moment, and two months later, I’m still recovering from the stress overload.

What I Wore to a Music Festival – Country LakeShake

Long time, no blog.

But I’m back! And my first post on my revamped website is one I’m excited for. I recently attended Country LakeShake, a three day country music festival in Chicago.

Aside from the impressive music lineup, I was most excited about picking outfits for the festival, as LakeShake 2018 was my “Coachella moment” this year (hoping to eventually go to the real thing!) Here’s a roundup of what I wore that weekend.

Day 1: Frozen Boho

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The first day of the festival was much colder than expected: 60 degrees and rainy. But that didn’t stop me from wearing what I planned (aside from some alterations). I wore a beautiful hand-crocheted top that I purchased from Etsy, and although I planned to wear denim shorts with this top, my black jeans suited the look and kept me warm. My black lace duster truly fulfilled my dream of looking “as Coachella as possible”. I accessorized with a dainty long necklace, a black belt with gold hardware, and my most comfortable black sandals. I made sure to bring a black faux leather jacket to replace the duster at nightime.

Top: JayblueHandmade on Etsy

Jeans: Forever 21

Duster: Forever 21

Belt: H&M

Necklace: Urban Outfitters

Shoes: Steve Madden

Day 2: Wildflower

This gorgeous dress from American Eagle was the star of the show for my day 2 outfit. This dress reminds me of something you would find by For Love and Lemons, but way more affordable! I accessorized the dress with a double layered horn necklace, a cuff bracelet and hoop earrings. My shoes were the same as my first outfit, only brown. And yes — I bought them in two colors. They’re that comfortable.

Dress: American Eagle

Necklace: Neiman Marcus Last Call

Bracelet: Lucky Brand

Shoes: Steve Madden

Day 3: Space Cowgirl

I made sure to saved the best for last: my favorite outfit inspired by this belt. Its baby pink velvet fabric and its amazing silver hardware made me fall in love with this piece instantly. The buckle features cestialial designs, and I love the beaded lining. I styled this belt with a distressed white denim skirt, a corset-like striped top, and cool silver velvet booties. A silver choker, cuff bracelet and earrings tied the look together.

Top: American Eagle

Skirt: American Eagle

Belt: Urban Outfitters

Choker: Forever 21

Shoes: Steve Madden

My February Sounded Like This

Music favorites and discoveries from February 2018.

Have you ever listened to a song on full volume and pretended you were in a movie scene? As a person who commutes to work, my internship and school, I tend to do this a lot in the car. I spend a lot of time finding new artists and albums to listen to, and I want to share my playlists with you!

So I’m starting a series on this blog called “My [insert month here] Sounded Like This”. Here’s the first installment:

Listen to my February Playlist on Spotify here.

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Cross My Mind – A R I Z O N A

Anyone who ever worked in retail understands the frustration of store playlists. Companies rarely switch up their playlists, and the same 20 songs playing on a loop can get very annoying. However, I work at Vince, and my store plays a lot of indie/alternative music – the stuff I love. I just so happened to discover “Cross My Mind” at work. A great song to drive to!

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My! My! My! – Troy Sivan

I was listening to Lana Del Rey a few days ago (surprise, surprise), and when her album finished, “My! My! My!” came on. A fun song with a cool sound.

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Miss Me More – Kelsea Ballerini

Kelsea Ballerini is hot in country music right now. She’s like Miranda Lambert mixed with old Taylor Swift. “Miss Me More” is a empowering song that you can’t help but blast.

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Plot Twist – Sigrid

Another song I discovered at work. A catchy indie-meets-pop jam.

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Needed Me – Rihanna

Not a new song, but who doesn’t need a little Rihanna on their soundtrack?

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White Mustang – Lana Del Rey

I’m never not listening to Lana Del Rey. Her Lust for Life album reminds me of summer, and listening to it is keeping me sane through the last few months of Chicago winter.

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But A Dream – G-Eazy

I’ve had The Beautiful & Damned on replay since its release date. “But A Dream” is the perfect song to drive the on the highway to – smooth, chill and dreamy.

How I Get Paid to Shop

As a full-time college student and a part-time shopaholic, I’m constantly on the hunt for the best deals. So when I found out that I can be paid to shop, I thought it was too good to be true – but it’s not!

About a year ago, I discovered Ebates – a service that allows you to shop at your favorite stores and earn cash back on all your orders.

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

How Ebates Works

Here’s how you can start getting paid to shop:

  1. Go to the Ebates website or download the Ebates app.
  2. Create an account. (Use this link to add $10 to your first Ebates check after a purchase of $25 or more!)
  3. Buy from your favorite stores through the Ebates app or website. You can even use Ebates at some in-store locations!

And voilà! You’ll receive your check in the mail or through PayPal. It really is that easy.

Depending on the store, you’ll get a certain percent back on your purchase. There are always stores offering special double cash back deals. Ebates also offers coupons and savings codes. It’s literally a savings sanctuary!

Where I Get Paid to Shop

With over 2,000 stores to shop from, you can earn cash back from all kinds of stores – clothing, cosmetics, homegoods, electronics, restaurants and many more. The stores range from affordable options to luxury goods.  Ebates truly does offer cashback for everyone’s needs.

Here are just some of my favorite stores on Ebates:

Forever 21 – 2% Cash Back

Sephora – 3% Cash Back

Target – 1% Cash Back

Ulta – 3% Cash Back

Urban Outfitters – 1% Cash Back

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

Disclaimer: Some affiliate links are included in this article. All opinions are my own.