The Uniform

Today I wanted to share with you all my go to uniform when I’m not sure what to wear: all black with a few statement pieces. I know all black might seem cliche, but pairing different textures together for a monochromatic look can be incredibly chic. I also chose black pieces with a bit of interest. My tank is from H&M and has a completely sheer back, which gives the opportunity to show off a fun bralette. I also chose my Gap high rise jeans with ripped knees to play with proportions and show off a little skin at the knees. To punch it up, I like to add a statement bag or shoe. In this case I incorporated both. I’m absolutely in love with my new Rebecca Minkoff blue suade bag that I snagged in the Nordstrom abbiversary sale. I have also been loving my new silver reptile print Birks which I found at Nordstrom Rack for only $60. They look amazing together and are put on show with an all black base.

What has been your summer uniform? Let me know in the comments below!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

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Important Jewels

Hello loves! Today I have an exciting post for you because I’m partnering with Invaluable, the world’s premiere online auction marketplace. At Invaluable you can buy jewelry, fine art, collectibles and more. They have some amazing jewelry on their site and have asked me to share some of my favorite pieces with you all today.

First off is probably one of my most prized possessions. My grandmother gave me this charm bracelet, and added new charms each year. And each charm has a special meeting between her and I. For example, the bell represents her bell collection that I got to admire every time I visited her. I usually only wear it around the holidays since it’s rather gaudy, but I love it just the same.

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The next piece I wanted to share with you guys was this ring that my grandma bought my mom. She then passed it down to me and I absolutely love it. I wear it almost everyday and even bought my Pandora rings to match it. It means a lot to me because it shows my Irish roots, while also being passed down through generations. (Sidetone, I have no idea what this is made out of, I’m fairly certain it’s not sterling silver, but whatever it is makes it indestructible.)


My last piece to share with you all today are my absolute favorite earrings, I wear them at least 4 times a week. It’s kind of a problem, but they’re beautiful so not really. My dad gave me these Kendra Scott earrings for Christmas last year and I love them. I’m considering getting them in Rose Gold soon too. I just love how laid back and stylish they are.


I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post! And a huge thank you to Invaluable for partnering with me on this post! What is your most valued piece of jewelry? Let me know in the comments below. Have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

College: Wardrobe Essentials

Hello loves! As I’m getting ready for college, I’ve been trying to build up a wardrobe that is both comfortable and stylish. (Because we all know you probably won’t want to be in a stiff button down for a three hour class.) So I wanted to share with you some of the things I’ve purchased over the past few months to build up what I think is a versatile wardrobe for everyday life.

My first must have is a Wildfox sweater. I ordered my first Wildfox sweater this summer and OH MY GOODNESS. I cannot handle how soft their sweaters are. I seriously wear mine every night, I am in love. I was wearing the one I had so often that I purchased a second one yesterday actually. Wildfox is known for being on the more expensive side, but if you look on Saks Off 5th or Nordstrom Rack online, they are about half price. (Which is what I recommend.) This is one of the two I own, and it’s $54 at Saks Off Fifth. The other one I purchased was during the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, so it’s full priced again, unfortunately. And I recommend either buying your normal size, and if you are in between sizes to size down because they run a bit oversized.

  
Another must have comfy top would be an oversized long sleeve shirt. These are seriously one of my favorite things to wear no matter how hot or cold it happens to be. (And these are super great for hot days when you’re going from the humidity into a classroom blasting AC.) I love pairing these year round with Nike shorts or leggings. My favorite long sleeve shirts are the Ivory Ella tops I’ve featured before on the blog. Getting the perfect lounging shirt while supporting a great cause? Um yes.

   
 This brings me to my next must-have: Nike running shorts. I seriously LIVE in these things, all year. It’s becoming a serious issue. That being said, I’ve tried out other brands and I always come back to these. They are both comfortable and flattering, and what more could a girl ask for?

  
My second choice of bottoms would have to be Fabletics leggings. I purchased an outfit from their online site, and was blown away by the incredible quality of their leggings. I actually prefer them to my Victoria’s Secret ones which were almost twice the price. The Fabletics leggings are thick and hold their shape beautifully, while making your assets look amazing.

  
Since you’ll probably be doing a lot of walking around campus, comfortable shoes are a must. These Nike Roshe’s are my absolute favorite. They’re incredibly comfortable and they have an array of colors. I’m more of a black or red sneakers type of girl, so I love my black ones, but for any of you who love a good bright running shoe, they have lots of options!

  
Something you will seriously need when starting school is a good backpack that will hold all your necessities, while not hurting your back too much. I recently ordered this North Face backpack and I am so pleased! It’s super comfortable and has a super handy spot for your laptop. And if you order it on Amazon, it’s much less expensive that ordering from the actual North Face site.

  
For now, these are my college class fashion essentials. Would you guys want another must have’s on school supplies? I feel like those are a tad on the boring side sometimes, but I am loving my new planner, so let me know! Have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

Charitable Clothing: Ivory Ella

Hello loves! Happy Monday! Today I wanted to start off the week on a positive note by sharing with you an amazing new charitable organization I’ve discovered. That company is called Ivory Ella, and they design t-shirts featuring adorable elephants which a percentage of their profits go to help. Many of you may have seen this trending on twitter lately, and I thought it was just a cute shirt so I clicked on the link. It turns out it was much more than that! I love doing anything I can to help causes I believe in, even if it doesn’t seem like much, every little bit helps. And the shirts on Ivory Ella are seriously adorable. It took all my will power to only order one to start out with. I chose the lavender long sleeve shirt with a white paisley print on the back and I’m so excited for it to be delivered! Here’s pictures of the exact shirt I ordered, which sadly won’t be here for another couple weeks:

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Ivory Ella has a ton of other options online for both women and men. I would really encourage you to check it out, I’ll give you guys an update on how I’m liking the t-shirt once it arrives! Ivory Ella is sadly only doing pre-orders right now, but on a positive note, that means there are tons of people getting involved in this great cause! So the sooner you order, the shorter the wait time! And ps, no Ivory Ella is not sponsoring this post, although that’d be super cool if they did, I’m just super excited about such a great cause and a super cute product!

Here is the link to their website where you can shop and learn more about their mission: Ivory Ella.

Have a fabulous day loves!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

Challenge Monday: Mixing Gems

Hello loves and happy Monday! Yay, the start to another incredibly busy week? Are you excited!? Because I’m definitely not… (Bet you were expecting a different answer there, gotcha.) But anyways, one of my favorite things to do recently has been layering super delicate jewelry with more statement peices because why not? And I feel like it easily makes an outfit 10X more interesting, and my outfit I mean the black cotton shift dress I’ve worn the past 3 days in a row. No shame. But through doing that, I’ve been pairing various different statement peices with my new favorite cross necklace from Dogeared at Nordstrom. (Which I’ll link here.) I really wanted a necklace that was dainty, good enough quality to shower in, and boldly (or daintily) show my faith at school. Because that’s an important part of who I am and I wanted it to be noticable upon meeting me! (And yes, a tattoo would’ve been another great option but they STICK NEEDLES INTO YOUR SKIN, so no thank you.) Anyway, ALL of that being said, let’s jump into this week’s Challenge Monday of pairing dainty jewelry with statement pieces.

Oh also, my favorite part of this Challenge Monday is that you pretty much can’t fudge this up. Here’s how to keep it trés chic: stick to one statement jewelry piece in your whole ensemble. Then, whatever other jewelry you add in stays dainty. So for example, pair your statement necklace with dainty rings and simple diamond studs and boom, done. Or your statement earrings with a few layered necklaces that are, what else, dainty and a simple ring. You’ll look fabulous while still being bling-ed out to the max. Here are some of my favorite examples from Pintrest:

   
    
 I hope this has inspired you to try something new with your accessories! I’ve been absolutely loving doing this myself! Have a fabulous day!
xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

WIWW: July 15, 2015

Hello loves! I’m back with another what I wore Wednesday! When it’s hot out I always reach for a fun summer dress, Lord knows I have way too many of them for how often I get a chance to wear them. This one is one of my particular favorites from Francesca’s Collection. It’s bright red with little tiny penguins on it, and it’s one of my all time favorites. I still remember being in the store trying it on, I came out to show my mom and I was so excited. She asked me if I really wanted and would wear a dress covered in penguins, because it was kind of weird. And I think that was one of the first times when I stood up for myself in my own fashion choices. And yes I did want that bright red dress with little penguins, and I didn’t care what anyone else thought of it because it made me happy. My mom has since changed her mind about the penguin dress and it’s become a great inside joke between the two of us, so for me, this dress has a lot of other memories attached to it as well. To go along with this super special dress, I paired my all time favorite Fossil purse and Vince Camuto sandals. I kept the jewelry simple with a pair of studs from Nordstrom Rack and rings all from Banana Republic, to accentuate my Deborah Lipman Polish of course.

  
Have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

My Top Five: July 1st, 2015

Hello loves and happy Wednesday! Today I finally had a day off of work because I had some appointments to go to, and of course I woke up with a random summer cold. So since I’ve been in bed or at the doctor’s office basically all day today, I haven’t been looking super presentable. That being said, I’m going to share with you my top five outfits from Pintrest and different bloggers from this week! I’ve been really into a more laid back and easy summer look with pops of color or a statement piece lately, and I’m sure my picks will express that very clearly.

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I’m seriously obsessed with this last outfit, and given the right occasion and place to purchase it, I would rock the heck out of that. On that note, have a fabulous day and I’ll talk to you again on Friday!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

My Top Five: June 22nd, 2015

Hello loves and welcome to another week! I now fully understand an appreciate the dread of getting back to the grind on Mondays, so for today’s post, I’d like to inspire you to lighten up (literally) with kind of a Challenge Monday/My Top Five combo.

This weekend one of my favorite you-tubers got married and it was seriously the most gorgeous wedding ever. Alexandrea Garza, or now Alex Maddalena, is who I’m referring to. Check her out on YouTube and check our her Instagram for a few snaps from the wedding! But anyway, what that has to do with this post, and the fact that yesterday was the first day of summer, is that this week’s top five are all white outfits. Inspired of course by summer and the lovely Maddalena wedding!

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I hope this brightens up your Monday a little big, even if it only brightened up the hue of your computer or phone screen for a bit, I have done by job. Now go out and tackle this week, and have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

Outfit of the Week: June 12, 2015

Hello loves! For the summer time, I’m going to be switching my outfits of the week to outfit of the week. I’m working at a summer camp this summer and we’re required to wear athletic shorts, the camp shirt and tennis shoes everyday, so I don’t think that would be too interesting. That being said, I’ll still be bringing you at least one outfit every week, whether that be on Wednesday’s or Friday’s. So with all that, let’s jump into my outfit for the week!

  
My top is from J.Crew factory, and I love the sporty vibe it gives off. My jeans are my new favorite Rag and Bone jeans, I’m seriously in love. My sandals are my favorites by Libby Edleman. My Alex and Ani bracelets are of course my go-to, along with my Kendra Scott earrings which I finally got fixed! I absolutely love this outfit for just running errands or something casual with friends. Have a fabulous weekend!!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette

My Top Five: June 11th, 2015

Hello loves! Welcome to another my top five where I show you my favorite outfits from bloggers or Pintrest that I’ve been inspired by this week. I’ve been really into all white (or neutral) looks along with crazy bold colors and you’ll see here.

 

  
  
 
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Also, total side note, but does anyone know where I could get this shirt, or a version of it? I found it on Pintrest and am obsessed but there no link! Email me or comment below if you know, I would be forever grateful to ya!

  
And on that note, I’m going to go to work, instead of enjoy a wonderful brunch… Oh well, have a fabulous day!

xoxo,

The Blonde Brunette