How To Make A Leopard Coat Feel Casual

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How do you make a leopard coat feel “casual?” By keeping everything super simple underneath! I know ‘leopard coat’ and ‘casual’ can hardly be considered synonymous, but this past year, I have felt like leopard has grown to be considered more of a neutral statement and must-have piece in the fashion world. I have shown my vintage leopard coat a couple times on the blog (HERE and HERE) and one thing always stays the same, keep things simple underneath to help the overall balance of a statement coat. You want your coat to be the talking point, plus it’s an easy starting point for fashion risks.

For today’s look, I am wearing this to-die-for Guess Leopard Coat! I was saving to wear it during fashion week, but due to working pretty much all week, I didn’t get to show it off at any events or shows! Oh well, I’m dedicating a whole darn post for it! I absolutely love how fitted the coat is – this helps make it look more casual and streetwear, versus an oversized luxurious, embellished coat; and isn’t this detachable pink fuzzy collar the perfect punch of color? Underneath the coat is a simple black v-neck tee, distressed straight-leg Levis and converse. These pieces are classic staples in my closet, but when paired with the coat – everything comes into balance. I topped off the look with two vintage chokers and mirrored sunnies. I hope you enjoy today’s look, and you can shop the items directly in the links below. Happy almost weekend! xo

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SHOP THIS LOOK BELOW:
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SUNGLASSES | CHOKER | COAT | TEE | JEANS | CLUTCH | SHOES

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COAT (C/O GUESS) | SHIRT (TARGET) | JEANS (LEVIS) | SHOES (CONVERSE) | SUNNIES (C/O WOODZEE) | CHOKERS (VINTAGE)

PHOTOGRAPHY: SAM KELLY PHOTOGRAPHY

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Wear It Wednesday: 9 Ways to Wear a Bandana

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Happy Wednesday! I’m back with another Wear It Wednesday tutorial today (cue the cheering!). I have been integrating scarves into my wardrobe the past six or so years, and I couldn’t contain my excitement when bandanas finally became trendy again, because I had been harboring a drawer full of vintage bandanas. Fast forward a couple of years, and a few new bandanas, it’s safe to say that I could probably incorporate a bandana into almost every outfit I wear. Oops? I get the same question from you, readers, and friends about how I tie my bandanas and manage to wear so many. I have picked 9 of my favorite, and super easy, ways to wear a bandana. This can elevate a basic white tee, or add a fun detail to any look. Check it out now!

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This is one of the most classic ways to tie your scarf- fold in half into a large triangle, leave the pointed part in the front, and knot the two ends in the back. You can adjust what the height is. For this style, I leave it fairly loose around my neck for a casual feel.
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I call this classic style The Audrey as a nod to the every stylish, and scarf warrior, Audrey Hepburn. Fold the bandana into a triangle, then fold down 3-4 times again until you have a long strand. Tie the bandana to the side of your neck for that classic look.
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I probably wear my bandanas this way the most. You start like how you tie The Cowboy but pull the ends of the scarf around the back of your neck to the front and tie in a knot. I like this style for a little bit colder days because it keeps your neck covered and always looks effortlessly chic.
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This style is great for your smaller bandanas. Tie just like The Cowboy, but it will sit against your neck since it’s a smaller scarf. You can tuck the edges into your shirt neckline for the authentic ascot look.
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5. The Bow

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This look is perfect way to make your outfit and bandana feel more feminine. I used an oversized bandana for this look. Fold like The Audrey and wrap around your neck a couple times then tie a bow to the side of your neck. I love how much this scarf can dress up a classic tee!
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6. The Twist

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This tie is very similar to The Audrey, except instead of folding the scarf, you twist the scarf so it’s really skinny and then just tie – there is no knot, just a quick twist around each other for a really dainty and effortless look.
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Tie this bandana like The Ascot, and embellish up the look with a choker, or two, or a decorative statement necklace. This really jazzes up your classic bandana!
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Fold your bandana into a skinny scarf and tie as a choker around your neck. You can layer a choker or necklace with this too!
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Last but not least, your bandana doesn’t have to just stay on your neck. Tie your bandana around your wrist as a bracelet! You can add some colorful bangles to really play up your arm party, or just leave as it. Either way, this is a super cool look!
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My 7 Winter Beauty Essentials

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Winter can be extremely damaging to your skin and hair, so I wanted to share seven of my beauty essentials for winter that keep my hair soft and strong, and my skin moisturized and ready for anything! Do you have any winter beauty essentials? I’d love to hear the products you use, so comment below! xo

1. Carol’s Daughter Daily Damage Repair Set

I was recently introduced to Carol’s Daughter, and I’m really in love with their Daily Damage Repair Set. It comes with their Almond Milk Sulfate-Free Shampoo, Conditioner and Almond Milk Ultra-Nourishing Hair Mask. I switch up my shampoo and conditioner every few months, and I’m obsessed with how soft and protected my hair feels after using their products. Last night I did the hair mask after washing my hair – I left it on for about 5 minutes while finishing up my shower – and after washing it out, my hair felt like I just walked out of the salon. My hair was damaged for so long after dying it red and bleaching it blonde, so I’m excited to continue to use this set to help nourish my hair when the cold weather is harsh.

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2. Emjoi eRase e60 Epilator

I think I can speak for almost every woman, possibly even some men, when I say I hate shaving in the winter. Why spend an extra 5-10 minutes in the shower when you can just throw on some jeans and a sweater? Also, shaving when it’s cold is just a bad combo (goosebumps anyone?!). Enter Emjoi ERase! The Emjoi eRase is a hair remover tool that uses tweezers to remove hair from the root – not like your typical electronic shaver or manual razer. There are 60 tweezers mounted on dual opposed heads to make removing the unwanted hair faster and more comfortable. This process helps minimize the number of passes required to achieve smooth, silky, touchable skin. It also comes with a shaving attachment for trimming any hair – this is great because you can use this directly on your dry skin. I love the idea of using the Emjoi ERase during the winter for a longer, and more manageable fix to shaving. Buy it in the link above!

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3. Hempz Original Herbal Body Moisturizer 

I have always had fairly dry skin, and struggled for many years finding a body lotion that didn’t instantly absorb or make my skin feel more dry. A couple years ago I started using Hempz moisturizer, and it’s been a love affair ever since. I immediately put on the lotion after I shower, and let the lotion lock in and dry before putting on any clothes. Hempz comes in a variety of flavors, but I typically stick to the original. You can find Hempz at most beauty supply stores, or online in the link above!

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4. Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Multipurpose Ointment

Ok great, so we have our body lotion covered, but what about those extra dry spots, or if you have eczema? My sister used to have really bad eczema on her arms while she lived in Minnesota, and discovered that Burt’s Bee Baby multipurpose ointment was a game changer. Don’t let the “baby” thing fool you, because this ointment helps soothe, lock in moisture and fight those hard, super dry places. Trust me!

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5. Smith’s Rosebud Salve

In case you haven’t noticed, I wear a lot of lipstick; and that can be drying and rough on my lips during the winter. So when I’m not wearing lipstick for the day, and always before bed, I apply Smith’s Rosebud Salve to my lips. It protects them from drying out with the wind and cold weather and super easy and compact to throw in your purse or keep on your nightstand!

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6. Keratin Protein Smoothing Shine Oil

Do you have beanie or winter hair? It’s staticy, wind blown, dry, and just overall not that great? I always keep a shine oil in my vanity drawer to apply to my hair before going out in the cold weather. This helps lock in moisture, and gives my hair that smooth, shiny look and helps prevent that annoying beanie hair. You can also keep it in your purse and gingerly run a dime size amount through the bottom 3/4 of your hair when you get to your destined location. Make sure to avoid applying to your roots so your hair doesn’t look or get oily!

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7. Living Proof PHD Dream Cream 5-in-1 styling treatment

Say hello to your new hair BFF. The Living Proof PHD Dream Cream allows you to style and treat in one step. Whether you blow-dry or air-dry your hair, this will give you the five benefits for beautiful healthy looking hair in one easy step – smoothness, volume, conditioning, strength and polish. Just apply to your damp hair and go about your typical hair routine. You’ll definitely see a difference!

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Shopping with Samsung

This post was sponsored by Samsung as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

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Did someone say shopping?! Hello again! I know it’s pretty rare that I post twice a day but  I wanted to pop in again tonight and talk about something serious – taxes. Actually on second thought, something way more fun…tax refunds! I am currently in the midst of finishing up my taxes and I’m looking forward to putting my money towards something for the blog, or even my apartment! So today, I am teaming up with Samsung to talk about some of their amazing deals on products at Walmart this tax season!

I don’t know about you, but I’m a routine shopper. When I grocery shop, I have my exact path I walk around the grocery store, I typically get the same things or follow my list, and I’m on a mission. I try to maintain the same system when I’m shopping for clothes or gifts, and that’s why I love creating shopping and gift guides for you guys, because I want to help streamline your shopping process! I do my research, try to help you find the best quality items for the best price, and simplify your life. Doesn’t that sound good to you too?

I can’t even recall how many times I’ve had the same conversation with friends and co-workers about tax refund money. More times than not, I always get the answer from others that they’re going on a shopping spree. They want to use their tax refund money to treat themselves and splurge, or put money towards something they’ve been eyeing at the store. So why not put your tax refund money towards something for you this year, try something from Samsung! See my top Samsung picks below and learn about their key benefits!

Check out Samsung social media pages here: FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAMTWITTER

Learn more, and shop my Samsung choices:

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Who doesn’t want a new TV? That was my first “adult” purchases when I moved to NYC and it was probably the best investment our household made. See some of the benefits of the Samsung TV below, and buy this TV HERE and others HERE!

Key Product Benefits:

  • 4K UHD Picture Quality- Enjoy incredible picture and dramatic detail with UHD. Its 4K resolution means everything you watch looks 4x sharper than Full HD.
  • Slim Design- We’ve dramatically slimmed the entire TV, so nothing stands between you and your viewing experience. If that weren’t enough, it also creates optimized contrast across multiple zones of the picture.
  • Smart View- Watch your TV entertainment on your mobile device – or your mobile media on your TV via the Smart View App.*

 

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Tired of the phone you currently have? Need an upgrade or want to try something new? Try the new Samsung Galaxy! Learn more about the benefits below and shop phones HERE!

Key product benefits:

  • The Straight Talk Galaxy S7 G930VL LTE is the smartphone your life can’t do without. It’s big on screen and slim on profile. And with an IP68 rating that protects it from spills, splashes and even dunks, you can forget about searching the internet for magical solutions to dry out your smartphone. Just wipe if off and keep going. When the sun sets and the fun starts, the world’s first dualpixel smartphone camera makes capturing low-light photos a breeze. No more photos where your awesome night out with friends looks like blurry shapes in a cave. And stop waiting around for your phone to charge. With fast wireless charging, the Straight Talk Galaxy S7 powers up from 0 to 100 percent in no time. Plus deciding which photo album to scrap just so you can add something new is now a distant memory. With expandable memory you can add up to 200GB to keep the content you love, and keep adding to it.
  • Because water happens- Bring on the spills, splashes and dunks. Now you won’t need to put your phone in a bowl of rice because of a little water.¹
  • Never delete a photo.- Running out of memory shouldn’t be a thing. So if 32GB isn’t already enough, you can add an additional 256GB with a microSD card. No clouds, no hard drives.
  • More power. More play.- Take charge of your time. Built-in wireless charging²  means your phone powers from 0 to 100% in no time (and stays charged longer). ³
    • 1Water-resistant in up to 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes.
    • 2Samsung wireless charging pads sold separately.
    • 3Compared to Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note 5. Battery power consumption depends on factors such as network configuration, carrier network, signal strength, operating temperature, features selected, vibrate mode, backlight settings, browser use, frequency of calls, and voice, data and other application-usage patterns.
    • 5 SD card sold separately.

 

SAMSUNG TABLET 
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This is my top choice for a Samsung product because I have been craving to buy a tablet! I love the convenience of having my laptop capabilities in a small size that I can take anywhere. You can read the benefits below, and buy this tablet HERE and others HERE!

Key product benefits:

  • The Samsung Galaxy Tab E gives you just what you need to do what you love. Catch up on shows. Check social media. Snap photos. From wherever you go——and all on a tablet that’s simple to navigate. The perfect combination of versatility and value, the Galaxy Tab E makes every day better.
  • Power your day-The 7,300mAh battery keeps you powered up to watch, read and game at home or on the go.†
    • † Samsung Protection Plus sold separately
  • Portable entertainment for everyone- The Galaxy Tab E was made to go wherever you go and do whatever you want to do. From watching a movie with the family at home to reading a best seller at the coffee shop, the big, bright screen keeps everyone entertained.
    • Wi-Fi connection required.
    • Signal strength depends on Wi-Fi.
  • Keep it all with you- Enjoy more of your favorite music, photos, movies and games on the go with a microSD™ card* that expands your tablet’s memory from 16GB** to up to an additional 128GB.

 

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Need to upgrade your sound system for your next house party? Try out the Samsung Bluetooth Soundbar! Read more about it below and buy it HERE!

Key product benefits:

  • The Samsung Bluetooth Soundbar 2.1ch 130W Wireless Subwoofer (HW-KM36/ZA) helps you to enjoy cinematic sound for a more immersive experience. It features TV SoundConnect to make it easy to set up with just one push of a button. The Bluetooth design means that you can connect wirelessly with no clutter. This TV soundbar utilizes 3D Sound Plus, a feature that makes 3D movies more incredible by analyzing the depth of the images as they appear, then synchronizing to what’s onscreen for making the illusion of three dimensions even more powerful. Its 130 watts deliver the volume, bass and power that you need to make movie night more memorable. It’s 2.1 channels of sound allow for stereo sound. You can use the Samsung Audio Remote App from your phone or smart device to control your home theater. This unit’s subwoofer gives the outstanding quality of sound that you require. 

 

Thank you to Samsung for partnering with me for this post!

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