Category Archives: All About Accessories

The Carrie Diaries.

I decided to take a break from my usual Campus Character profiles for this week.

But I must admit I have been spending a lot of time on Hulu lately.

I’m sure most of you can relate right about now.

The amount of time I’ve spent on Hulu has inspired this post.

One show I am absolutely obsessing over is “The Carrie Diaries.”

This is the ultimate 80’s throwback show and such a powerhouse when it comes to wardrobe.

I seriously fall in love with Carrie Bradshaw’s, (the main character) outfit each week.

Not only is she an intern at a fashion magazine on the show; which is a dream of mine, she also lives this glamorized life in New York City.

Even though I am a 90’s child through and through, this show makes me see the 80’s in a whole new light.

And gain a whole new level of appreciation for their clothes and things of that nature.

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Each week I tune in to see what awesome dress she’ll be wearing or which awesome purse she gets to tote around.

Or how her curly hair seems to stay perfectly in place…all the time.

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She always manages to mix floras, sparkle, animal prints, and solids together so effortlessly.

I am afraid that I would be too nervous to have all that going on.

The sequin dress is quite the attention grabber.

I could just imagine wearing that on campus…yeah right.

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I feel like these clothes may be a bit exaggerated; I’m sure not all of the 80’s looked this bright and flashy.

But seriously, that skirt she has paired with the fuchsia jacket is pretty major.

I wouldn’t mind living her life for a day or two.

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The show manages to stay true to the 80’s with scrunchies here and there, layered plastic bracelets, high waisted pants.

Of course there is no shortage of puffy dresses, chunky belts, and big hair.

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An iconic accessory is the paint splattered, “Carrie” purse which has certainly made  a name for itself on the show.

This super edgy purse is sort of like the new initial pendants some girls wear around their neck.

Personalized handbags.

Maybe it’ll be the next big thing.

Who doesn’t want an awesome personalized bag?

 I think I’m going to go to goodwill, see what bags I can find, buy some paint and go to town.

Who’s with me?!

Let’s bring the 80’s back.

After all, history often repeats itself and things of that nature…

XOXO

Anna

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Campus Character.

It’s October, friends.

You know what that means: pumpkin flavored everything, wearing layers on layers, crisp fall mornings and Halloween is just around the corner.

The leaves are starting to change and campus couldn’t be looking more festive.

When I saw Kali, she was comfy and casual for a cool fall day, but she was still summer dreaming.

We made our way to Coffee Cottage, got some lovely drinks, and caught up on life.

Get the low down…

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Name: Kali LeFebre

Year: Senior

Major: Finance

Hobbies: Reading, hanging out with friends and being outside.

Who or what inspires you: Probably the great outdoors and my need for comfy-ness at all times. I’m a country girl at heart so if it’s not an outfit that I could potentially wear around the farm, I probably don’t wear it that often. I love being outside and looking cute at the same time!

Where do you like to shop?:I honestly can’t think of a place I don’t like to shop. Right now my favorite places are Urban Outfitters, North Face, and Levis.

Tell me about your outfit. Where is your outfit from:

Sweater: Gap
Basic-t: Kohls and patterned pocket added by me.
Jeans: Levis
Shoes: Toms
Rings: Vacation trips
Bracelet: Etsy
Bag: A gift from my dad from Brazil
How would you describe your personal style: Comfy and outdoorsy with a little bit of city flare.
Why did you choose this outfit: I’m having a hard time getting away from summer and this is typically what I wear around the bonfire on summer evenings.
Any favorite trends right now: My favorite trend that comes back every fall is plaid shirts layered under a warm vest!
If you could raid anyone’s closet who’s would it be:  Jennifer Aniston. She seems so classy and comfy all in one.
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The Sweater/Tee/Jeans:
Kali had a playful mix of colors and prints.
Her bright tee caught my eye and the fun pocket was an awesome touch to add that little bit of “city flare” Kali likes to go for.
It’s even better that she added it herself!
The gray cardigan pairs well with the tee, and gives her that little extra warmth walking around Newberg on a chilly day.
The Levi’s were a great basic casual denim, that would go well with any top.
They were cuffed at the bottom of course.
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The Accessories:
Kali was sporting all silver jewelry when I saw her.
Her various rings were from vacation trips she’s gone on and her bracelet she purchased on Etsy.
It’s a cute story…she and one of her friends both got one with the others initial on it.
Cute friends!
The bracelets say, “stuck in her daydream” from the song “A-Team” by Ed Sheeran.
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The Shoes:
Her earthy toned TOMS added that great touch of nature to her outfit.
It emphasized her love for the outdoors and her casual style.
A great practical shoe for walking around campus or if she were out with friends.
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The bag:
This bag with its fantastic detail was a gift from her father from Brazil.
I wish I had a bag from Brazil.
I actually just want to go to Brazil.
Who’s with me?!
I think Kali encompasses casual college style while still being able to express herself.
She kept her causal comfy side while still keeping it fashionable and trendy.
Her outfit is perfect for a day of classes or going out and hanging with friends at a coffee shop or walking down Main Street in Newberg.
She could probably even walk around the farm in this outfit.
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Well, as the days get colder, the clothes get warmer.
Obviously.
Layers people, more layers!
This is just about the only time it’s appropriate to wear as many shirts… under your sweater… with your scarf… as you want!
Fall is here and I couldn’t be more happy about it.
Go out and be inspired.
Go try and sew on your own fun pocket on a basic tee you have laying around.
I just might.
Stay stylish and things of that nature…
XOXO
Anna
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Sunday Sweets.

I’m back baby.

Summer break is getting the better of me. Whoops.

Anyways, today is all about candy.

There’s man candy, arm candy, real candy (aka the best kind of candy) actually that’s debatable…

BUT today I’m talking about hand candy.

I might’ve just made that term up. Oh well. Even better.

Forget about the bracelets for a minute and turn your focus to your hands.

Hand candy can be the jewels, beads, tassels, dangles, that perfect clutch or anything your heart desires, you decorate your hands with.

In my opinion, an outfit is never really complete without a little hand candy.

I mean a good pair of jeans will take you places, but the jewels are the soul of your look.

The right accessory breathes life into the outfit.

Am I right?

I like to think the bigger the better.

You know what the say, the bigger the ring…well the bigger the ring.

Not sure where I was going with that.

But, I also appreciate a good simple ring or band. Equally chic and feminine.

Sometimes, and I really only means sometimes, less is more when it comes to your hand candy.

Usually it’s more fun to just go out with a bang.

Here are some deliciously lovely pictures of amazing hand candy for your viewing pleasures.

Enjoy.

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The perfect mix of stones, gems, gold, silver, full finger and simple bands.

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Clear crystal gems, bright neon colors, or earthy blue tones. You can’t go wrong.

Dress up your hands to match your personality or mood for the day.

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Mix and match rings for a organized cluster.

Mix golds and silvers if you dare.

Rock a three finger ring, or rock one ring on each finger.

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Arm your hands with some fierce jewelry.

Don’t leave the house without it.

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Trust me.

Your hands will thank you.

I mean, if they could.

Well it’s Sunday friends.

That means Sunday Funday.

I hope you enjoy this day God gave us and be sure to enjoy it with some good hand candy.

Don’t neglect your hands and things of that nature…

XOXO

Anna

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Summer to do: Tie-Dye.

Channel your inner artist, hippie, flower child, or free spirit  for a minute here.

This perfect summer activity/necessity is so much more than your 5th grade art project.

… or that one t-shirt you tie-dyed way back when at summer camp; yeah we all have them.

Tie dying is getting a make-over and it’s making a come back.

Not only is it super easy to do; but it’s super easy to wear in a fashionable way and not so much a “rock on” 90’s kid way.

You can virtually tie-dye anything and everything you want.

Check it:

shoes

jeans

shorts

all tops

dresses

headbands

bags

swimsuits

Need I say more…

Tie Dye is super summer friendly and summer savvy.

To Dye For.
It’s about to get psychedelic.  

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Tie dye prints are fun and colorful of course.

It leaves room for you to be totally creative and as color crazed as you want to be.

There’s no right or wrong way to make a killer tie dye print.

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Tie dye prints can be subtle and soothing or loud and wild.

If you’re a fan of color which I’m sure most of you are; tie dying is the way to go this Summer.

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Spice up your jean selection with some tie dye.

Turn up the volume and make a statement.

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Get crafty.

Pull out an old pair of sneaks or shirts and give them a face lift and a little color.

Or go buy a oversized tee… dye it, cut it, braid it, and then use it as a swimsuit cover up.

Totally do-able, original, and versatile.

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That’s a wrap.

Happy Thursday.

Happy tie dying.

Happy looking rad in your new tie dyed digs and things of that nature…

XOXO

Anna

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School Daze.

So yesterday, Friday, was my last official day of classes.

Brings a whole new meaning to TGIF!

Yep that’s right. School’s almost out and summer is almost here.

I can smell it.

Bout to be a senior in college. Yessssss.

This is the reason for my non existent post. My apologies.

The sun was shining and I was enjoying the fact that I no longer was going to have to go to class.

My mind was a bit preoccupied.

BUT I decided to break out the maxi skirt, denim vest with some stud action and brought out the brights with some coral and turquoise accents.

Perfect outfit for School Daze.

Had to keep it casual, comfy, and still Vogue on my last day.

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I recreated my outfit for all your viewing pleasures.

Enjoy.

I made a few tweaks. But you get the gist.

School Daze.
Maxi skirts and a solid sandal are great for campus.
Super cute but practical.
Walking around campus in heels can get old real fast. Ha.
For real.
I’ve recently added a new lipstick shade to my collection.
It’s called Coral Crush by Maybelline.
Super rad.
Totally recommend it. It’s such a fun color and brightens up your day AND outfit.
I sort of got out of my comfort zone with this color and I’m glad I did.
It’s fun to be fierce with your makeup.
Add a little sass to your step.
That’s all for right now.
Have a sassy Saturday everyone.
Be bold and things of that nature….
XOXO
Anna
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S[HAT]URDAY

Yeah I know I spelled Saturday wrong. It’s a play on words because today I’m talking about HATS.

I’m not much of a hat wearer myself but I am inspired by those who are. I have always thought that hats are such a nice addition to any outfit; especially in the summer.

Fedoras, sun hats, beanies, floppy hats, wide brimmed hats…I’m a fan of them all. Not only do they protect from the sun’s rays when you are outside lounging poolside drinking sweet ice tea, but that add that last finishing touch to a glammed out outfit. They are fashionable and functional.

The ultimate summer accessory.

Hats off to you.
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Hats are casual and classy.
The fun thing is that there are so many different colors and styles so you can pick one that speaks to you and your personality.
Adding your own flare to any outfit you chose.
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I am inspired to go out and get myself a nice summer hat. One I can wear with confidence and rock it out.
So may options out there.
Hats off to all of you.
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Stay cool today and things of that nature…
XOXO
Anna
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TGIF. Let’s talk Metallics.

This post came at a perfect time. It’s currently raining outside (gotta love Oregon) and I’d rather be talking about something a little more bright and shiny like…

Metallics!

Metallics are all the rage right now and I think it’s awesome. This trend is growing and it takes me back to “Zenon- Girl of the 21st Century” days. One of the best Disney movies no doubt. What girl didn’t want to dress like Zenon?! Turns out that movie was foreshadowing the Spring/Summer trends of 2013.

Fashion is going Futuristic!

Shine On.
Metallics are super fun to experiment with. No need to feel overwhelmed. You can pull Metallics from anywhere.
You can start from the ground up; with a pair of Metallic flats or heels. Or you can incorporate Metallics by painting your nails a Metallic color and mixing in some fierce Metallic accessories like rings, bracelets and handbags.
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Fearless fashion leaders can go all out. Shining from head to toe in the latest Metallic fashions.
Stand out in the crowd with an eye-catching ensemble.
 Skirts, shorts, dresses…the possibilities are endless.
Leather and Metallics go hand in hand. Try and pair a Metallic piece with leather; like a jacket or pants.
Let your light shine and own that Metallic.
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Now guys…Metallics aren’t only for the girls. You’re probably thinking how in the heck am I supposed to wear Metallic and still feel like a dude. Well it’s simple really. A lot of the Metallic fashions for guys are all in the suits and jackets. Feel better now? Take a look…
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You can look super smashing for a party or  a fancy night out with your lady friend.
Nike has come out with Metallic jackets for men, which gives off a more relaxed and casual feel. A jacket that you would feel comfortable hanging out with your friends in.
Guys can be fashion forward too!!
Metallics give you an opportunity to express yourself in a way that allows you to shine!
Start small with the details like Metallic accessories, or go for a more bold statement and dress up in a Metallic skirt or jacket.
The world is your oyster.
I actually really don’t like oysters.
Anyways, shine on and things of that nature…
XOXO
Anna
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Don’t Forget the Fringe.

On the fence with fringe? Well don’t be!

Embrace it!

Fringe is coming in hot this spring and summer. I can’t help but wonder if it has anything to do with The Great Gatsby movie coming out. (Which you all better be going to see!)

It’s going to be amazing. I feel the costuming is going to be out of this world.

Flapper girls always had the most fun with fringe; and now we all can. We can show off our fringe on almost everything you can imagine. From bags, boots, shorts, tops, bathing suits etc. This list goes on. We’re about to have a Fringe Frenzy.

Fringe Frenzy
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Fringe on top. Sport your fringe on shirts, vests, and jackets. What I like about the first picture is that the fringe doesn’t need to be around the bottom of the shirt; it can look equally as cool on the back. A lacy see through shirt with some fringe on the bottom is so fresh and fun. Add a pop of color under the shirt or a fun bandeau top. Fringe on jackets isn’t just for the Cowboys okay. You can look fierce in a jacket with some tassels. That perfect piece to add to your Spring/Summer wardrobe.
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Fringe on bottom. Dresses with fringe are everywhere. It gives the dress that added sense of thrill. Fringe brings playfulness to your outfit and it a great carefree look for Summer. It’s lightweight for those long hot Summer days and fun Summer nights. I’m a huge fan of the Bohemian look and fringe is right up that alley. Fringe, florals, and free spirits.
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Always accessorize. Fringe has made its way onto bags and boots for years and are always chic, but something I hadn’t seen before was on bracelets. Its such a neat way to incorporate fringe into your outfit if you don’t want to go all out. But the Fringe still makes it appearance.  Fringe necklaces are certainly not something to be ignored. They are a statement piece. I absolutely love!
I have some Fringe in my wardrobe and I encourage you all to do the same if you haven’t already. It’s sort of has a whimsical vibe that I really enjoy.
Fringe knows no bounds; it’s for everyone.
Todays challenge…go find that fringe!!
I wish you all the best of luck and things of that nature…
XOXO
Anna
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