Autumn Adventure Style: The Park Walk

IMG_0118

Ahhh…. The crunch of leaves, songs of brightfully colored cardinals, and the amazing colors of fall! Even if you claim summer as your favorite season, fall has something everyone can love.

With the cooling temperatures, wardrobes are rotating and updating. So that means breaking out an old favorite or creating a new outfit to reflect your feelings for fall!

As for me, I love to get out and walk in local parks to get the full effect of all the gorgeous colors nature can offer.

Sporting my favorite Athleta jacket, and multifunctional Fossil Sydney crossbody, I took on this easily walkable park found in the middle of Cincinnati!

I enjoyed pairing orange jeans with a patterned black and brown jacket. It gives a pop of color and intrigue to what could be an otherwise very plain outfit.

Paired with suede tasseled Converse, this is autumn all wrapped into one great wearable statement!

Now, I’ve attached a few links to connect you to similar styles! Keep in mind, I buy almost all my clothes second had, so some items are no longer available from their original retailers.

Fear not! Poshmark and eBay are fantastic places to find specific pieces. But don’t forget about your local thrift store. You never know what gems you will find!

m_5ad7a12650687c6b2aa7dfc4

Athleta Precipit8 Leaf Pattern Jacket – Here

1533920483255_5595247932949454769.1200w.jpg

J Brand Anja Skinny Cuffed Jeans – Here

fossil-sydney-satchel-multi-brown-5

Fossil Sydney Crossbody – Here

370947_001_ss_01

Converse Suede Fringe High Tops – Here

5 Ways to Up Your Cactus Cuteness Style

cactus_sun

With the exception of dog motifs, mass-produced theme fashion and decor doesn’t stick to me. I tend to avoid overly trendy picture patterns because of how predictable they can be. That being said, I have found myself envying those who have “a thing”.

My sister’s thing is owls, and best friend’s thing is Hello Kitty. Even though I love dogs, I am picky about what I like. For example; put an oil-painted dachshund on a mug, and I’ll fight the urge to take it home, but a french bulldog with hipster glasses and a bowtie on a towel is quickly glanced over.

I have always lived in the midwest city of Cincinnati. Here, we get all four seasons. Lots of foliage in the warm months, and plenty of snow in the cold ones.

Last May, during my first trip to Arizona, something within me stirred. I saw for the first time a plethora of plants in their natural habitat that I had never seen outside niche nature collections.

Here, in the land of the desert, the cactus found its way into my heart.

The colors are fun, and bright. Some are cute and stubby, while others are tall and strong. There are endless variations!

I love a monochromatic color scheme, which are often utilized in variations of green when multiple cacti are used in one piece. On top of that, many bloom lovely colored flowers with an extra pop of statement color.

I find the cactus a refreshing take on nature-inspired patterns and motifs. The floral pattern has been done a thousand ways, but the cactus has yet to reach its full potential.

The cactus is a great pattern for summer style, clearly because of its relation to the desert. Cali style has ruled the summer for as long as I can remember, but the cactus brings out the summer vibes and reminds us where the sun really shines.

I love any break from monotony. The cactus is truly inspired, and speaks a clear message, “Its hot, but I like it.”

If you’ve been eyeing some cacti for yourself, but haven’t quite narrowed down the search, let me help by directing you to a few great cactus finds that are guaranteed to up the cute-factor in your life:

product-image-479425753_590x

The Sleeveless Cactus Print Top – $13.95

Ready to rock the cactus in your wardrobe? Check out this adorable summer top with a tall cactus and various flower blooming patterns. The large print pattern keeps the top from being too busy, but makes for a great statement piece.

The broadcloth tee comes in three great colors, too; black, orange, and white. Careful, you might need all three!

713zNieeb6L._UY606_

The Retro Cactus Bandage Bikini – $16.99

If you don’t already know, I love swimwear, and this bikini from Amazon is adorable. This cactus is round and stacks on top of itself with lovely pink floral blooms. Its totally cute, and the variations in pattern makes it interesting to look at (other than being 100% hott).

It comes in white and blush pink. Personally, I am a blush pink fan!

il_570xN.987931352_9tj0

Cactus Stud Earrings – $10

A personal favorite, and cactus must; the stud earring! They are simple, elegant, and freaking adorable. The most non-chalant way to show the world you’re a lover of cacti.

Get these in gold, rose gold, or silver. Seriously, you can’t go wrong.

il_570xN.1181443137_8v0z

Watercolor Cactus Leather Wallet – $28.99

If you’re one who likes to match their bag/wallet to the season, consider adding the cactus wallet this summer. This minimal wallet sports a watercolor cactus pattern with light pastel colors.

afr124

I Will Survive Cactus Air Freshener – $7

Itching for cactus outside the wardrobe? Take a gander at this lovely cactus air freshener charm. If cacti wasn’t already cute enough, this charm makes a punny joke to all your friends!

This one is great because it can double as a gift for friends. It shows them how trendy you can be.

Really though, who doesn’t like air fresheners?

–   –   –   –   –

My recommendation is to keep an eye out for this prickly little cutie as it continues to grow in popularity and is adorned on a wider variety of products.

 

Bourbon & Boweties Bracelets: Not For Everyone

IMG_2449

I used to work at a consignment store, and I would see all sorts of fun and interesting items come through the door. One of the more exciting ones in recent history was a customer who brought in a whole bundle of Bourbon & Boweties bracelets.

Bourbon & Boweties bracelets are simple in design. Its a wire wrap bracelet with three charms, usually of the same type, tied into the band.

The charms can be geodes, stones, beads, even coins. The company makes new styles of bracelets constantly, so once you get into these, beware, because your collection will never be complete.

IMG_2455

My eyes lit up when exploring through this particular collection. There were so many styles I had never seen before, and it inspired my brain with new possibilities!

I was quick to put on the bracelets in different combinations. Mixing and matching, looking for the perfect collection. They all looked so fun it was hard to choose!

I gravitated the smaller, simpler styles. I focused on color and shape creating a unique variation I was pleased with.

After wearing the bracelets for a few minutes, I quickly began to realize they are one chunky charm of a bracelet. They were so distracting falling up and down my arm that I knew it was not meant to be.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good statement piece, but there comes a time when fashion and comfort have to agree with one another. Sadly, they did not agree with the Bourbon & Boweties.

I found that these bracelets needed to be layered to get the full effect. Wearing one or two bracelets really doesn’t give way to the charm bracelet style.

IMG_2452

However, I found that wearing three or more was much too distracting during typical daily activities. Wearing small charmed bracelets still did not help.

Discovering these adorable bracelets would not be making their way into my wardrobe was surprisingly upsetting for me. It had been a while since I was excited about a new jewelry piece.

Even though I choose not to wear them, I still enjoy the Bourbon & Boweties charm bracelet look. I appreciate the wonderful women out there rocking them, and my hats are off to those daring ladies who wear the giant rocks around their wrist.

The Crochet Bikini and Why I’m So Excited About It

crochet_bikini

I’m not one to jump on the trendy bandwagon as soon as the latest trends are out. Sometimes they have to wash over me for a while before I can appreciate the appeal, or even introduce them to my closet. Those dang high-waisted shorts have just begun penetrating my closet.

This summer, I have had the unfortunate task of finding a new swimsuit. The pressure of having the perfect beach body is daunting enough, but when tasked with finding the perfect suit? When does the pressure stop?

FYI: The perfect body/bathing suit fit does not exist (but I don’t have to tell you that).

Needless to say, I looked at a lot of bikinis before I discovered a style that I am so excited about. And that is…

The crochet bikini!

I have an extended history with crochet as it dates back to my late grandma trying to teach me how to crochet when I was a bit too young to understand.

I’ve gone back and taught myself the basics, but I have had this inner desire to crochet my own bikini. You can understand my excitement when I discovered I didn’t have to make my own! They are in style now! I’ve even seen these bad girls at target!

The crochet bikini is a gloriously unique style trend that I can get behind. They are perfect for those who like to sport the boho chic style, but classic enough to appeal to the minimalist.

The wide array of shapes, styles, and colors this type of bikini can come in is a huge pot of untapped potential. Its a whole new genre of swim wear, and I am ready for it.

Don’t worry. Here’s the links so you can get your own.

52581211
Target – $19.99
CCB052017-9571_2000x
Closet Candy – $39
172754af7ade854c3a83b490df54aa8d
Beach Riot – $45
461348_4899
Lou & Grey – $78