Life Coach.

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A couple of my friends got me this incredible bag as a gift this weekend! Now, if you know me, you know I’m a bag junky. Or in better terms-a bag connoisseur. This bag is definitely my current object of affection! Basically the same size as a large clutch but with a heavy duty shoulder strap, it’s the best of both worlds. And since I can’t be trusted with leather while canvas always gets dirty, Coach’s signature PVC is the perfect choice for those of us who put our bags through a rough and tumble life! It’s the kind of bag that you can toss your keys and wallet into and head off to dinner whether it’s super dressed up or completely casual.

It’s heavy duty. It’s the perfect size. It’s masculine. It’s stylish. It’s perfect.

Neon-Negotiable. 5 Ways to Rock Neon!

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I would consider myself to neither be all for or all against trends.  If something new comes out that I would like to try, I do it.  If something “trendy” comes out that I hate, I just let it go and move on.  I’m not going to let some magazine tell me what to wear based on “trends” but still would definitely not consider myself to be a trend “hater”.  Part of the fun of fashion is that you can at will try something new or change your look up…trends have alot to do with this.

On to what I really wanted to write about-one of my favorite more “trendy” looks, is adding neon to your everyday clothing.  While I understand that this can be a bit overwhelming, here are five tips to try when it comes to working neon into your wardrobe!

1) The neon cuff.  This is a super simple way to add neon to virtually ANY look.  I wear mine with just about anything to give it that special “POP”.  And when you can buy them at most fashion stores for dirt cheap, the risk comes at a low cost price!  I got mine at H&M for $3.95.

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2) The neon sheer shirt.  A really easy way to mute the abrasiveness of the neon is to buy a top that has a sheer quality to it and layer it over a grayscale color.  I wear mine (from Zara) over a simple white A undershirt, and the perks of wearing something really cooling are innumerable when you come from a hot climate like Nebraska!

3)  The neon sneaker.  While granted, I normally disagree with too much color in footwear-some people pull it off radically.  For some of you, it’s a whole lot less intimidating to add the neon drama to your feet than to eye, chest, or waist level.  Nike makes some awesome neon yellow hightops!  I would highly recommend checking there first!

4) The neon stocking cap.  Shown in my outfit as well.  This cap can be found in a host of stores right now as well and is the perfect way to add an urban flair to even the most dressy looks.  Try adding it to a button up.  Seriously…try it.  But seriously.

5) The neon shorts.  While this is perhaps the most difficult of the five to pull off, it’s merely a case of comfortability.  There are not a lot of ways of minimizing the brightness of neon shorts (of course if you’re daring enough to wear them to begin with, you’re PROBABLY not thinking about minimizing brightness), so choose a top wisely.  Personally, I love a good white linen button up with neon shorts or even just a simple white v-neck.

Point being, have fun and don’t be afraid to try something new this summer!  Live a little!

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All Studded Up.

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I got some new clothes from Zara yesterday, so obviously, I’m going to wear them today.  You DO NOT need to ever have a reason to wear something-if you want to, do it!  If you want to rock your new Balmain combat boots to Dunkin Donuts at 2 AM, then do it!  If you want to sport your new metallic Rock ‘N Republic sweatshirt to the gym, do it!  If fashion is about fun, then why would you ever need to justify what you wear beyond simply saying, “I wanted to wear this.”

Here I’m wearing a gem encrusted scoop neck T-Shirt (Zara) which I LOVE, studded drop crotch denim (Zara) which I LOVE, and of course, my studded loafers (Steve Madden) which I LOVE!  I know it’s alot of studs but today I’m all about dressing how I want to!

I’d encourage you to not make fashion about what everyone else is wearing, but rather, what do YOU want to wear!?  And then rock it, confidently, and uniquely!

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Bones and Stuff.

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One of the easiest ways to get a rad look is to tweak out a simple pair of denim with a really great statement t-shirt.  I, of course, add lots of jewelry, but honestly, it’s not even needed.  This “Givenchy-ish” print is really fun and the perfect compliment to my dark wash jeans.  Try a t shirt with florals or contrasting color blocking stripes for something colorful for the summer!

 

 

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Shirt: Zara
Denim: Rue21
Loafers: Steve Madden
Cuff-Vintage
Necklace-Forever21