Fashion Forward Friday [V.17]: National Handbag Day

Happy Friday! It’s crazy that there’s only about two and half months left in 2014. While scrolling through Instagram, I came across a post that said today, October 10th, is National Handbag Day. What better way to celebrate the day than with showing off my three of my most used handbags.

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In my handbag collection I have downsized a lot and some are high end and a lot are low end. In purchasing bags now I like to add pops of color, but I also focus on the structure to see just how durable it will be. Despite all the handbags I have the three above are the ones I interchange the most. During college I had no interest in smaller bags, but being on the go on a daily basis I use them constantly. If I ever need anything more, I’ll just toss it into one of my bigger purses.

 

 

 

Fashion Forward Friday [V.16]: The Boyfriend Jean

HAPPY AUGUST! l love compiling different looks together with the same item so in this edition of Fashion Forward Friday, I’ll be featuring my pair of boyfriend jeans from Lauren Conrad’s brand at Kohls. I will say that if you are thicker on the bottom you might have to go up one or two sizes. Other than that they fit great and are super comfortable. Enjoy and be sure to click the links to get to the exact item or something similar.

Shirt - Joyce Leslie Jeans - Lauren Conrad, Kohls Shoes - LuLu's.Com Purse - Charlotte Russe
Shirt – Joyce Leslie
Jeans – Kohls, Lauren Conrad
Shoes – LuLu’s
Purse – Charlotte Russe
Top - Forever 21 Jeans - Kohls, Lauren Conrad Shoes - Just Fab Purse - Aldo
Top – Forever 21
Jeans – Kohls, Lauren Conrad
Shoes – JustFab
Purse – Aldo
Blazer - Forever 21 T-Shirt - Forever 21 Jeans - Kohls, Lauren Conrad Shoes - Forever 21 Purse - Old Navy
Blazer – Forever 21
T-Shirt – Forever 21
Jeans – Kohls, Lauren Conrad
Shoes – Forever 21
Purse – Old Navy
Shirt - J. Crew Jeans - Kohls, Lauren Conrad Shoes - Converse Purse - Unknown
Shirt – J. Crew (Thrifted)
Jeans – Kohls, Lauren Conrad
Shoes – Converse
Purse – Unknown
Shirt - Forever 21 Jeans - Kohls, Lauren Conrad Necklace - JewelMint, 'Bullet Necklace' Shoes - Charlotte Russe Purse - Sammy Dress
Shirt – Forever 21
Jeans – Kohls, Lauren Conrad
Necklace – JewelMint, ‘Bullet Necklace’
Shoes – Charlotte Russe
Purse – Sammy Dress

Fashion Forward Friday [V.15] — |Mini| Haul

It’s been a while since I’ve accumulated enough items to post a haul, but I did want to share these pieces with you that are great for the Summer and will be transitional pieces throughout the year. Enough rambling, let’s get right into it. BE sure to click the links to get to the exact/similar item.

Cropped Leggings - Victoria's Secret High-Waisted Jeans - Forever 21+ Crochet Tops (Black & White) - Forever 21+
Cropped Leggings – Victoria’s Secret
High-Waisted Jeans – Forever 21+
Crochet Tops (Black & White) – Forever 21

 

Shoes (Birkenstock Inspired) - LuLu's Purse - Aldo Earrings - Forever 21
Shoes (Birkenstock Inspired) – LuLu’s
Purse – Aldo
Earrings – Forever 21

Fashion Forward Friday [V.14] — Patriotic Lookbook

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY BLOGGERS!!!

I’ve been posting tons of OOTDs here on my blog and it seems like forever since I’ve posted one. I’m really into putting more looks together for the blog and I thought the 4th of July would be there perfect time. I  put together three looks, but future lookbooks will have more! Be sure to check out my Birkenstock lookbook HERE! Please excuse the photography, eventually it’ll get better (I have no one to take pics of me) Lastly be sure to click the links to take you directly to an item or an item similar. ENJOY!

Crop Top - Wet Seal Shorts - Forever 21 Shows - Forever 21 Necklace - Forever 21 Lipstick - Wet n Wild
Crop Top – Wet Seal
Shorts – Forever 21
Shoes – Forever 21
Necklace – Forever 21 (Vinted)
Lipstick – Wet n Wild, Red Velvet (910D)

 

Button-Up: J-Crew (Thrifted) Crop Top: Wet Seal Jeans: Forever 21 Purse (Day): JustFab Purse (Night): JCPenny Shoes (Day): Forver 21 Shoes (Night): JustFab
Button-Up: J-Crew (Thrifted)
Crop Top: Wet Seal
Jeans: Forever 21
Purse (Day): JustFab, Savant
Purse (Night): JCPenny
Shoes (Day): Forever 21
Shoes (Night): JustFab, Lorient

 

Crop Top - Wet Seal Skirt - Forever 21 Purse - Aldo  Shoes - Target Necklace - Forever 21
Crop Top – Wet Seal
Skirt – Forever 21
Purse – Aldo
Shoes – Target
Necklace – Forever 21 (Vinted)

Fashion Forward Friday [V.13] — Styling Birkenstocks

There is no denying that history repeats itself and fashion does the same. I remember being 10 years old and having a pair of double strapped sandals and going to South of the Border with my grandparents and taking a candid shot. Now here it is 12 years later and that oh so familiar sandal is everywhere and the latest trend for Spring/Summer 2014. The shoe, commonly known as the Birkenstock is the most popular sandal of the season and can range anywhere from $89.95 – $130. The Birkenstock sandals come in a variety of styles, but I wanted to focus on the double strap, the Arizona, which is the most popular of all.

Here are 10 cheaper/inspired alternatives that I found:

Target: Sam & Libby Steve Madden: Boundr-S Platform Steve Madden: Boniella Platform River Island: Gold Metallic Double Stap Mule River Island: Leopard Print Double Strap Skechers: Relaxed Fit Double-Strap Walmart: Faded Glory LuLu's: Soda Topshop: Heights Double-Strap Topshop: Fang Double-Strap
Target: Sam & Libby
Steve Madden: Boundr-S Platform
Steve Madden: Boniella Platform
River Island: Gold Metallic Double Stap Mule
River Island: Leopard Print Double Strap
Skechers: Relaxed Fit Double-Strap
Walmart: Faded Glory Double Buckle Slide
LuLu’s: Soda Jagger Taupe Buckled Slide
Topshop: Heights Double-Strap
Topshop: Fang Double-Strap

There are tons of variations of the Arizona Birkenstock and different ways to style it. I’ve put together SIX looks below on how I’d style them. Be sure to check out my Polyvore for direct links: ellekia. ENJOY!

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Then & Now Thursday (V. 12): Maroon 5

0d8ffd41ec46First, let me just give a round of applause to one of my favorite bands of all time, Maroon 5. I remember the first time I heard Maroon 5. I was listening to it on a CD which for the life of my I can’t remember. I do remember that I kept switching between ‘Harder to Breathe’ and Jet, ‘Are You Gonna Be My Girl. Still I wasn’t sure who this band was until I saw ‘This Love’ as one of the morning videos on MTV. Then came the release and video for my favorite Maroon 5 song of ALL TIME, ‘She Will Be Loved’.

Still I didn’t know much about Maroon 5 and then I heard Songs About Jane (2002) which by the time I had heard it, it was two years old.  The entire vibe with Adam’s voice was just amazing. I became a fan instantly and couldn’t wait to hear more. To date the album has sold over 5 million copies.

As time went on with Maroon 5, Adam Levine became more AND MORE attractive. I think that his sex appeal really took off by the second album, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long (2007). That album featured ‘Won’t Go Home Without You’ and radio smashes  ‘Makes Me Wonder’ and ‘If I Never See Your Face Again’. What really took that album to the next level was the remix/collab with Rihanna of ‘If I Never See Your Face Again’. That video showed off just how HOT both Adam and Rihanna were. I love that version more than the original and after seeing them perform it live on FNMTV (Friday Night MTV) I could only anticipate that they would collab again (still waiting).

220px-Moves-Like-Jagger-Official-Single-CoverNext up came Hands All Over (2010) which had two of my favorites ‘Misery’ and “Never Gonna Leave This Bed’. It wasn’t until its rerelease that the album got real buzz and took Maroon 5 to the next level. They had officially become rock stars. The album was rereleased in June of 2011 and featured the mega smash hit and song of the summer ‘Moves Like Jagger’ featuring Christina Aguilera. The song was all over the radio and it was hard not to sing along. The collab was first performed live on The Voice as Levine and Aguilera were judges on the show. With a platform like that there was no denying that the song would take off. Aside from The Voice it was also performed at the American Music Awards and at the 2011 Victoria Secret Fashion Show as Adam held hands and walked down the catwalk with his girlfriend, now fiancé, Behati Prensloo.

I went to their concert at Jones Beach Theater in July of 2011 where they co-headlined with Train and it was AWESOME! I was close enough to the stage to see Adam’s face and the atmosphere of the crowd when this song came on was amazing. They ended their set and the show with ‘She Will Be Loved’ where the fans sang along as he pointed to the right and the left having each side sing something different. Awesome concert!

As Adam’s popularity skyrocketed due to the success of The Voice his sex appeal sky rocketed as well. He was always a good looking guy, but as time has gone on he’s gotten HOTTER and HOTTER! Hence why he’s became People’s, Sexiest Man Alive.

Their fourth album, Overexposed (2012). Click here for my initial review. I gave the album a 3.5/5 and here it is two years later and I can say that it’s still my least favorite Maroon 5 album and my favorite song off the entire album is ‘Love Somebody’. I don’t know with this album I just wasn’t really into it, but they had smashes on the radio such as ‘Love Somebody’, ‘Payphone’, ‘One More Night’, and ‘Daylight’. I’m so glad they stopped playing the Wiz Khalifa feature on the radio, then again they never really played it to begin with.

Now they’re back with a new track and count down to their fifth album, V, which is to have a feature Gwen Stefani. Their new track ‘Maps’ is a nice segue back to the radio airwaves and as the first single I like it so much better than that of Payphone’ from Overexposed. Take a listen below.

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I’m amazed with the success of Maroon 5 and the commercial success is really owed to that of the success of Adam Levine. He’s become like this sex symbol and there’s a whole bunch of ‘Maroon 5’ fans when it reality they’re just there for Adam. That’s fine, whatever takes the group to the next level I suppose. I just know that there are a lot of people claiming to be Maroon 5 fans. It’s ok, they’re really infatuated with Adam.

Collectively, Maroon 5 hasn’t done too shabby during their 12 year span as they’ve won three American Music Awards, four Billboard Music Awards and three Grammy’s. I can’t wait to see how their album pans out. Fingers crossed it’s a smash. It all comes down to, did Maroon 5’s sound REALLY change? I wouldn’t say drastically, but with time a sound would change as artists take chances and experiment more. To me that’s not change, that’s growth. As for my favorite Maroon 5 album, Songs About Jane. 

Fashion Forward Friday [V.12]: College Grad OOTD [#Flashback]

It’s been exactly a year since I’ve graduated college with my B.A. in English Communications-Broadcast Journalism. I wasn’t sure what day this post would be falling on, but how appropriate of it to fall on a Friday so I could share my OOTD from my graduation.

I can’t believe how fast a year has gone by. I have had so many setbacks since graduation, but I refuse to let those keep me down. No I have yet to have my dream job, but I’m making a path of my own and this blog chronicles my journey. Graduating college has been the biggest achievement in my life thus far and I am so thankful and appreciative to have had the opportunity to go. I can’t wait to see where I’ll be this time next year. Of course I’ll still be blogging in the meantime.

Now for my Outfit of the Day; #FlashbackFriday edition:

Dress - JCPenny, Bissou Shoes - Target, Merona
Dress – JCPenny, Bisou Bisou
Shoes – Target, Merona

 

The dress has mixed a lot of my favorites all in one. I went shopping for a graduation dress and this was the first one I came across and I fell in love. It mixes cobalt blue, crochet, high-low, and a back zipper. I absolutely love it.

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