How I Found My Personal Style

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I often describe my personal style as a rock concert meets your grandmother’s vintage floral couch. It’s feminine, edgy and very vintage inspired. But I’ll admit, it’s taken years to sum up my personal style in a few short words. For the longest time I didn’t feel like I had a personal style. It is eclectic. One day I’d be wearing a vintage floral dress, and the next I’d be in my Harley Davidson t-shirt from Goodwill and dirty converse. I wasn’t preppy, completely girly or even super retro. It was a mix of emotions, personas and habits that helped my personal style just fall into place one day.

I vividly remember on Valentine’s Day in Eighth grade when I finally felt comfortable enough break out of my fashion box and try something new. I paired my sister’s white lace dress over jeans, belted it and had a jacket. I felt cool, fashion forward and ready to take on the holiday. Within the first hour of school, a boy in my class asked if I was wearing a table cloth and said I looked weird. Thinking back at the situation now, it’s completely silly, but at that age, it made a huge impression on me. I felt scared to try new things and I made sure to go back to dressing within the confinements of my small town status quo. That feeling of insecurity translated into high school and even a part of college. I either felt overdressed, out of place or “too fashion forward” on a daily basis. I toned down my outfits and I rarely touched my favorite vintage finds or quirky accessories.

When I moved to New York though, I had a blank slate. Within my first year of living in New York, I feel like I finally embraced my true adult personal style. I stopped giving a damn what people thought and instead of feeling insecure when strangers on the street would look at my outfit, I held my head higher.

Finding your personal style can be difficult because no one else can do it for you. My personal style has evolved immensely over the years, but I started listening to what made me happy, feel good about myself and what I did and didn’t like. I’ve declared that graphic tees make me feel sexy and my favorite pieces in my closet are thrifted for less than $10 at hidden vintage stores. I believe the biggest thing that helped me embrace my personal style and break out of my shell, was when I stopped caring what other people thought. I still ask my friends for outfit advice, but I’ve learned to start listening to my voice first and trusting my gut, and it’s worked!

In today’s look I’m wearing a vintage leopard slip dress that I’ve had in my closet for almost 4 years, and it’s the first time wearing it! Eek! It was one of those pieces that I felt “weird” about wearing, but when I paired it with an even more obnoxious thrifted camo jacket, leather hightop sneakers and a day-old high ponytail, I felt like me. This is an Audree outfit. It’s kind of weird, kind of in your face and it’s perfect. What’s your personal style? I’d love to hear in the comments below! xo

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SimplyAudreeKate.SamKelly_2__DSC8550-1JACKET ( C/O L TRAIN)| DRESS (VINTAGE)| SHOES (SUPERGA – C/O LULU’S) | SUNNIES (C/O ASOS) | PURSE (ONNA EHRLICH) | NECKLACES (VINTAGE) | EARRINGS (C/O MAISON MIRU) | BANGLES (C/O BUDHAGIRL)

PHOTOGRAPHY: SAM KELLY PHOTOGRAPHY

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Wear It Wednesday: 5 Ways to Stack Earrings

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Happy Wear It Wednesday! The past few weeks I’ve been doing clothing styling tutorials, so I wanted to switch things up and talk about jewelry today! Back in March, pretty soon after I started the WIW tutorials, I did 6 Ways to Stack Necklaces and it was a huge success. Earrings have really made a comeback the past couple of years, and since I love the earring stack trend so much, I wanted to include it in today’s WIW! I selected a handful of my favorite earrings from Maison Miru’s Ear Bar and I’m showing you five ways to stack earrings. All of Maison Miru’s earrings are super affordable and they are the perfect fit for the minimalist or the maximalist.  And as you now know, I practically cover every open spot of skin with jewelry, so make sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for my SAK-approved ear stack! Let’s get to stacking! xo

1. The New “Stud” Stack

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Say goodbye to your traditional rhinestone studs because there’s some new players this season. If you’re wanting to jazz up your earring stack, try a chain earring, an open hoop or these micro trinity studs. I’m obsessed with these open hoops because they’re the perfect size for my cartilage or tragus, but they also work really well in my regular lobe piercings. They’re super versatile and my new preferred “stud” in the stack!

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2. The Themed Stack

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Your ear stack doesn’t have to be boring – plan a theme! I fell in love with these X, O and Heart earrings (get it?) This stack is perfect for date night or a fun girls night out. On Maison Miru’s website, you can find plenty of other fun pieces to create a theme; I have a couple other funky pieces in my SAK stack below (you’ll fall in love with those too!)

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3. The Cuff Stack

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Hoops are the name of the game people. Layer up the mini hoops and even add some cuffs for extra dimension. Cuffs can be your secret weapon with ear stacks if you don’t have any piercings or just a couple. Add them to the middle of your ear, the helix, the tragus or rook and you’ll look like a ear stacking queen in no time.

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4. The Minimalist Stack

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I’m a maximalist at heart, but I know there’s a good portion of you out there that are a minimalist. It’s okay, I don’t (completely) judge you. Kidding. For this minimalist stack, I opted for those more traditional studs – the trinity, the crystal studs and the bars. I love how these pieces create an interesting story, but are still dainty enough for everyday wear.

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5. The Ultimate SAK Stack

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I’ll take one order of the Ultimate SAK Stack please! Call me obsessed because I cannot get enough of these pieces. I layered these evil eye, lightning bolt and chain studs in my lobes, put an open hoop in my tragus piercing and then used two other open hoops as cuffs (GROUNDBREAKING) on the other un-pierced tragus. Next, I went a little cuff heavy. I layered two solid cuffs on one helix, added the infinite on the other, and stacked two eternity cuffs on the middle part of my ear. The last additions were the open hoop in my cartilage and the chain cuff below. Now that is what I call a SAK-approved stack!

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Thank you Maison Miru for collaborating with me on this post!

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5 Makeup Tips for Gals with Glasses

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Overall, my makeup routine is fairly simple. When I first started wearing makeup, I would never dare leave the house without eyeliner or even a fully shadowed eyelid. Maybe it came with age, moving to New York, or my pure lack of laziness, but I’ve now embraced a minimal face (with the exception of a bold lip). As a part-time glasses wearing gal, I have five makeup tips I sharing with you today! Wearing dark makeup can really weigh down your face, especially if you wear thick or oversized frames, so make sure to keep things light, bright and fun!

Also, last summer I was a makeup model for a story at Redbook magazine (HERE). I was one of the only ladies at the office who wore glasses and I was SO excited to work with makeup artist, Mally Roncal on this fun look! In the story we did a colorful shadowed eye to enhance my green eyes, and for my look on the blog today, I decided to do the opposite and keep my eye makeup completely minimal – with the added pop of red lipstick of course! Here we go! xo

1.Keep Lids Light

All the focus will be on your eyes when you wear glasses, so don’t weigh down your face with a dark smoky eye – opt for light shadows or a more brown/neutral smoky eye. For this look I simply just used my highlighter on my lids and inner eye area to brighten things up. I also nixed the eyeliner and just did mascara. Make sure to look for a mascara that will volumize your lashes, not lengthen – you don’t want them to brush along your lenses all day.

2.Enhance Your Eye Color with Complimentary Eyeshadow Shades

As displayed in the Redbook article, if you’re going to do an eyeshadow, make sure it compliments your eye color. We used purple tones to brighten up my green eyes! If you’re interested in finding out the shades that work best for your color, read HERE.

3.Use White Eyeliner on Water Line

This is an age old trick my mom taught me when I started doing makeup. If you’re wanting to brighten up your eyes, appear more awake or make them look larger, swipe white eyeliner on your bottom water line. If you don’t have any, You can use a light shadow or place highlighter under your lash line and inner eye area.

4.Use Eyeliner Lighter Than Your Frames

Most makeup tricks I’ve read about eyewear beauty, is to use eyeliner lighter than your frames. You can try for a brown or colored eyeliner so your eyes stay bright behind the frames. If you’re a die-hard black eyeliner girl, like me, either try a cat eye to draw attention up and outwards, or just stick with a thin line on the top lids.

5.Don’t Forget Concealer!

I feel like most of my glasses-wearing friends say they don’t wear concealer because they feel like the frames will hide their under eye circles; but the shadows created by the glasses can actually make your dark circles look worse! I naturally have insanely dark circles under my eyes (see the Redbook article for a good laugh) so I always make sure to wear a brightening concealer.

 

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WIRE GLASSES *same| BLUSH GLASSES | FLORAL GLASSES | GREY GLASSES | MAROON GLASSES | DARK GREY GLASSES | TEAL GLASSES | BRICK RED LIP | CORAL LIP | PURPLE LIP | ORANGE LIP | HOT PINK LIP | PINK LIP | CHERRY RED LIP | BOY BROW | MASCARA | BRONZER | BLUSH | HIGHLIGHTER | CONCEALER | FOUNDATION

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For more Eyewear Beauty Inspiration, follow my Pinterest Beauty Page

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GLASSES (C/O OPTICALLY) | LIPSTICK (MAC – REBEL)

*PICTURES COURTESY PINTEREST

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How to Wear Layers in the Summer

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Layers in the summer? Who does that? As you can probably guess, I do. I’m a total layers girl – I love piling on the accessories, jacket and jewelry; so sometimes I feel stumped while getting dressed during the hot days of summer. If you’re like me, and your outfits thrive in the layer-appropriate fall season, I’m here to help! My solution to wearing layers during the summer is by layering with light-weight pieces. I paired this sheer vintage DKNY shirt from ThredUp (an online consignment store) with my new Rachel Roy crop top. I left the blouse half way unbuttoned and layered a light-weight pleated skirt with the look. This look is cool enough for a warm summer day, but still covered enough for the office.

Another way I manage to layer in the summer, is with loose-fitting pieces such as a shift dress, skirt, oversized blouse or t-shirt – this way the layers aren’t clinging to your body and making you feel too hot. So there you have it folks, stick with light-weight and loose-fitting pieces when you’re wanting to layer in the summer. Keep a light-weight denim jacket or blazer to throw over your shoulder at the office if you’re cold, and you can also strip the layers post-work for a night out! Happy Monday! xo

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SHOP THE LOOK IN THE LINKS BELOW:
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CROP *same | BLOUSE | BLOUSE | SKIRT | SHOES | PURSE | SUNNIES | CUFF *same

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CROP TOP (C/O RACHEL ROY) | BLOUSE (DKNY – C/O THREDUP) | SKIRT (FOREVER21) | CLUTCH, TURQUOISE RING (VINTAGE) | SMALL CUFF (C/O PIECE OF ME)

PHOTOGRAPHY: SAM KELLY PHOTOGRAPHY

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