5 minutes Away from a more Stylish Life

Got 5 Minutes?

Check out my favorite tricks that’ll make you feel a little more productive and a lot more stylish.

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Use mobile banking to calculate what percentage of your pay you’re actually spending on clothes.

Budget accordingly!

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Call or text your most stylish friend and make plans to go shopping.

I see some fashionable purchases in your near-distant future.

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Gather up all your clothes that need alterations and put them in a bag by the door.

You’re one step closer to actually making it to the tailor.

Stylish-goals

Work on your list of style goals.

You don’t have one yet? Get going!

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Try your hand at sketching a fashion design.

You never know what talent you might have.

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Plan tomorrow’s outfit.

Aren’t you already feeling more stylish?!

Have a Stylish Life!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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New Year New Trends

Whether your goal is getting fit or learning to code, 2015 is all about dreaming big. As for your new wardrobe? Here’s a preview of the freshest looks to inspire you!

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Jump Start

The chicest way to step up your fitness routine? Wear sneakers with everything—yep, even a long gown—and you’ll think twice before taking that cab.

Altuzarra dress; Vionnet briefs, $960; Nike hat, $32, macys.com, sneakers, $125, nike.com; sneakers, $125; Apple earpods, $29,apple.com; Chanel watch, $6,200

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Life Is Sweet

Sweeten the deal with this season’s crop tops and matching tea-length skirts. Eat your heart out, Betty Crocker!

Erdem top, $1,730, skirt, $4,395; In-House Atelier head scarf, $65; Brock Collection apron, $175; Delfina Delettrez earrings, $920 each; Miu Miu shoes

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Girl Who Codes

 In leather pants and boots, computer geek can be chic.

Givenchy coat, top, $2,990, pants, $3,310, belt, $620, boots, $3,625; Hermès bag

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Skirt Alert

Kick off the New Year by giving your wardrobe a stylish update—this season, a crisp button-down and an embellished swing skirt. And no one cuts it all better than Michael Kors.

Michael Kors shirt, $595, skirt, belt, $295, shoes, $950; Fred Leighton earrings

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Green Goddess

Looking to clean up your act? Start by cultivating your green thumb. Supernatural floral looks deliver a dose of greens without the garden work.

Marni top, $1,070, skirt, earrings, $870, belt, $790

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Hit the Note

It’s never too late to pick up an instrument. An ethereal tulle gown like this will make any performance simply magical.

Delpozo gown; Fred Leighton earrings; No. 21 shoes, $536

A New year A New Look

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Stylish Gifts

You know that girl that always gives the best presents? Well, this year that’s you! With this go-to gift guide, you’ll find the perfect picks for all your most stylish friends! Whatever the intricacies of her personality—from a trendsetting go-getter to a vintage-loving darling—you’re sure to get her something she loves!

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Untitled&Co Flawless Printed Cotton-Blend Sweatshirt ($85)

This sweatshirt needs no introduction.

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U Snap Bluetooth Tripod ($24)

A girl from the selfie generation will certainly adore this Bluetooth tripod that allows her to take iPhone pictures with the push of a wireless button.

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ASOS Faux Fur Scarf With White Stripe ($57)

Pink. Striped. Fur. She’s going to love it.

StylishGifts-DelfonicsDelfonics Quitterie Pouch ($22) in White

Every girl loves a pretty pouch. Stock hers with her favorite treats.

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Melissa Joy Manning 14-Karat Gold Opal Earrings ($210)

These reclaimed gold earrings are a far cry from typical earth-friendly jewelry.

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Smythson Busy Bee Panama Notebook ($80) in Fuschia

Extra points for getting the notebook monogrammed.

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Urban Outfitters Boucle Baseball Hat ($24)

For the days she can’t be bothered to brush her hair.

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Mouth Cravings Monthly Subscription  ($180/three months)

This artisanal food subscription service has a package designed specifically to address pregnancy cravings. Bingo.

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Pixie Market Ace Spade Leather Clutch, $42, available at Pixie Market.

You can’t read her poker face!

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J. Crew End-On-End Pajama Set in Swiss Dot ($98) in Hydrangea Navy

Fact: Swiss dots are the most charming dots.

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Emerson Fry Luxe Emerson T ($78)

There are so many tees and so little time and this essential eco-friendly version makes the top of our list.

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Kate Spade Bella Bookshelf Agenda, $36, at Shopbop.

She’ll keep all her New Year resolutions when they are in this chic agenda.

You Give the Best Gifts!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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A Fashionista Never looks boring

A fashionista is all about putting together outfits worthy of a second take, but sometimes it feels like we’ve used up all our tips and tricks. So here are 11 fresh ways to make your outfits more interesting!

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Test Out a Statement Blazer

Slip into a blazer with a unique detail, like lace sleeves or shoulder embellishments. Pair it with neutral separates for a well-balanced look.

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Clips Blazer ($639)

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Slip on a Stylish Backpack

Need I say more? These bags are perfect for the fashionable gal on the go.

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Chloe Stanyon Roll Top Leather Backpack ($396)

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Layer in a Patterned Sweater

Give your fall look a festive vibe with a grandpa-inspired sweater.

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Peruvian Connection Toboggan Alpaca Crew Sweater ($179)

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Get In-Vested

Wear a cool vest with preppy pieces, like a crisp button-down shirt and pleated miniskirt.

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Madewell Plaid Cinch Vest ($178)

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Make a Splash in a Printed Midi

Wear a bold midi dress with a leather moto jacket for an editor-approved outfit.

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Pixie Market Magda Striped Midi Dress ($69)

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Rock a Toggle

Cool temperatures call for seasonal embellishments, like toggles!

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Tibi Toggle Cardigan Sweater ($425)

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Put a Scarf on It

There are so many ways to tie your scarf..So why not try a fresh way like this neckerchief style!

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Claire Gaudion Oyster Point Silk Square Scarf ($230)

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Get Long and Lean

Swap out your everyday black coat for a wintery white one in an elongated silhouette.

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COS Lightweight Scuba Coat ($275)

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Throw on a Faux Fur Coat

Find a coat with a furry texture and wear it with It-girl separates, like skinny jeans and moto boots.

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Topshop Faux Fur Bonded Throw-On Coat ($178)

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Carry a Playful Bag

Even if the rest of your outfit is subdued, a stylish mini-bag can add the perfect dose of fun to your ensemble.

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Loeffler Randall Mini Rider Bag ($425)

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Wrap Up in a Blanket Scarf

If you haven’t discovered the heaven that is a blanket scarf, I suggest you invest in this cozy piece ASAP. Snag one in a buffalo-check print for added effect.

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River Island Black Plaid Check Blanket Scarf ($30)

Your so Fashionable!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Fall Essentials

It’s time to turn to the more playful, fun aspect of dressing! Trends and Accessorizing! So without further ado here are my favorite essentials for fall that will guarantee you style star status!

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JOA Two Toned Sweater, $88, available at Shopbop; Proenza Schouler Long Sleeve Cropped Crewneck, $595, available at Proenza Schouler.

A new version of the traditional nubby sweater makes its way back into our closets each season. For fall, we’ve been feeling the speckled, marled pullover that has a made-by-hand vibe!

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River Island Grey Fedora Hat ($50)
You’ll wear this hat well into winter, promise.

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ASOS Oversized Scarf ($34)
An animal-print wrap feels luxe.

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ili Leather Crossbody Bag ($69)
An oxblood bag is timeless!

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Forever 21 Life In Progress Jacket, $34.79, available at Forever 21; Burberry Oversize Parka With Check Wool Warmer, $1395, available at Burberry.

The great thing about a fall parka is that it can easily become your winter parka with the addition of a lining. Wear it with the sleeves rolled up and easy dresses for the beginning of fall, and with thick trousers and knits when the temps really start to drop.

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Fred Perry Knitted Jersey Bucket Hat ($76)
Ever since you saw Rihanna wearing a bucket hat, you knew you needed one.

FallEssentials-Waistcoat

Chic Nova Pure Color Sleeveless Business Suit Vest, $31, available at Chic Nova; Public School For J.Crew Earliblaze Vest, $178, available at J. Crew.

Everyone needs that one layering piece that instantly makes anything they’re wearing appear more legit. For fall, it’s the formal waistcoat, which can dress up a simple tee or dress, or dressdown a more formal frock.

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Ted Baker Ayef Opulent Bloom Printed Scarf ($65)
Give your look a fresh finishing touch with this printed scarf.

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Front Row Shop Linen Trousers, $62, available at Front Row Shop; Avelon Progressing Pants, $400, available at The Dreslyn.

If you don’t already own one of these roomy, baggy trousers, now’s the time to get some! Roll up the cuffs yourself or get them tailored to hit right above your ankles. Then, pair them with anything. Seriously — party tops, sneakers, booties, blazers, crop tops — it all works!

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Ted Baker Karah Faux Fur Hat ($90)
Never say no to a (faux) fur hat!

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ASOS Wide Waist Cincher Buckle Belt ($29)
This belt is chic and sexy!

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ASOS Faux Fur Multi Stripe Scarf, $67.70, available at ASOS; Shrimps Pink Faux Fur Pablo Clutch, $295, available at Avenue 32.

British brand Shrimps started a phenomenon with its Seussian “fur” pieces straight out of a storybook. This season, don’t even pretend that your fuzzy isn’t faux, and go for pieces in unnatural colors, like pastel pink, lime green, and electric blue.

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Cheap Monday Clip Hair Clip ($29)
Too lazy to do your hair? Got you covered!

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Express Mid Rise Slim Flare Jeans, $39.90, available at Express; Acne Studios Pop Trash Jean, $350, available at Steven Alan.

Opt for denim that looks worn-in, not worn-out. A rip or two is totally believable — anything in double digits just seems like a frivolity!

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United by Blue Braddock Backpack ($88)
There are so many ways to wear a backpack this fall.

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Silence + Noise Button-Down Shirt, $69, available at Urban Outfitters; Secai Pleated-Back Poplin Shirt, $520, available at NET-A-PORTER.

It’s time to bring the “business in the front, party in the back” philosophy to our blouses. We’re seeing loads of button-ups deliver a surprise hit of skin in the back, whether through sheer panels, a deep slit, or clever cut-outs. Wear them with high-waisted trousers and skirts, and never tuck ’em in.

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River Island Red Plaid Hair Bow ($10)
Voila! An unexpected way to wear plaid this season.

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ASOS Felt Fedora Hat ($38)
If you still haven’t invested in a fedora for fall, try this one.

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Erin Templeton Double Wrap Obi Belt ($30)
Kimono belts are the next big thing, you heard it here first.

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ASOS Denim Jacket in Vintage Wash, $63.85, available at ASOS; Golden Goose Black Shearling Jacket, $1995, available at SSENSE.

This ’70s staple is making a comeback as this season’s version of the wear-with-everything layer. Paired with denim, a leather moto, or just by itself in a fleecy zip-up, shearling injects a bit of insouciant cool!

What are your essentials for Fall?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Fall for These Dresses!

For your social-calendar musts, a throw-on dress is a polished look with minimal effort. Here are my favorite styles for every occasion — each under $100. These dresses will have you running out the door even more this season. Pick up one (or five!), and give yourself some time to indulge in all the activities that makes autumn uniquely glorious.

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Pencey Standard Long Dress, $77, available at Shopbop.

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LOFT Plaid Shirtdress, $79.50, available at LOFT.

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Mango Trim Dress, $69.98, available at Mango.

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Modern Citizen Flute Sleeve Dress, $64, available at Modern Citizen.

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Simply Vera Vera Wang Surplice Shark-Bite Hem Dress, $40.79, available at Kohl’s.

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Forever 21 Lace Print Midi Dress, $19.80, available at Forever 21.

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Silence + Noise High-Slit Midi Sweater Dress, $79, available at Urban Outfitters.

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Piperlime Collection Allover Lace Dress, $98, available at Piperlime.

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Koshka Kofta Metallic Tulip Dress, $89, available at Koshka.

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Joe Fresh Pintuck Dress, $69, available at Joe Fresh.

FallDresses-BananaRepublic

Banana Republic Ruched Gray Jersey Dress, $83, available at Banana Republic.

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Express Indigo Long Sleeve Slit Front Maxi Dress, $41.93, available at Express.

What are you Falling for?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Make Your Boyfriend Jeans Sexy

Just like an outfit doesn’t need to show a ton of skin to be sexy, a pair of thoughtfully styled boyfriend jeans can look just as hot as skinny jeans do. In other words: you can opt for comfort, and still look like a total babe. To illustrate the point, here are some ensembles that show just how easy it is to make your boyfriend jeans look sexy!

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Perfect Companion

Style Tip: Go for a Miranda Kerr-inspired look, and wear your boyfriend jeans with a cropped sleeveless sweater, animal-print bag, and Birkenstocks.
Wearing: Zara top; Frame Denim Le Garcon Slim Cuffed Jeans ($229); A.L.C. bag; Birkenstock Suede Sandals ($130).

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Draped Jacket

Style Tip: The love for draped jackets is going strong, and this crop top, draped jacket, and boyfriend jeans combo is a perfect example why.

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Sheer Genius

Style Tip: Model Constance Jablonski balanced her ultra-sexy sheer shirt with a pair of slouchy jeans.
Wearing: Equipment shirt; Rag & Bone jeans; Saint Laurent bag and shoes.

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Sporty Separates

Style Tip: Punch up your denim with sporty separates, like a beanie and high-top sneakers.

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High-Low

Style Tip: If your boyfriend jeans are extra slouchy, take a page from Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s playbook, and experiment with a high-low top for a fashionable, flattering look.
Wearing: Citizens of Humanity jeans; Chloe heels.

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Sky-High Stilettos

Style Tip: For an instant uplift, style your boyfriend jeans as Chrissy Teigen does with a pair of stilettos.
Wearing: One Teaspoon Awesome Baggie Jeans ($148); Valentino bag; Stuart Weitzman heels.

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Savvy Accessorizing

Style Tip: Take a tip from blogger Elin Kling, and accessorize your boyfriend jeans ensemble with a fedora, structured tote, and pointy-toe pumps.

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Biker Babe

Style Tip: Toughen up your boyfriend jeans with a leather jacket and cool cut-out boots.

Now that you know how to make them sexy, get the look with these boyfriend jeans:

Acne Studios Pop Vintage Boyfriend Jeans ($270), True Religion Audrey Mid-Rise Boyfriends ($198), Goldsign His Jeans ($258), Madewell The Boyjean ($115), Rag & Bone/Jean The Boyfriend Jeans ($242),

How do you make your Jeans Sexy?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Accessorize Like A Style Star

There is an art to accessorizing! Which is why I culled a list of the top accessory trends guaranteed to make you a style star. From slip-on sneakers to double-sided earrings to backpacks and beyond—there’s an accessory for every style-setter!

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Trainers

This athletic shoe trend is going nowhere, and we’d like to keep it that way!

New Balance Suede Nylon Sneakers ($128)
A super stylish sneaker!

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Friendship Bracelets

These playful, colorful bracelets are the ideal addition to any arm party.

Chan Luu Beaded Leather Wrap Bracelet ($50)
Try a beaded one for added flair.

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Oversized Necklaces

Fact: an oversized necklace is a street style staple.

Marni Necklace ($670)
Just imagine the statement this necklace would make with all your ensembles!

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Slip-On Sneakers

A shoe trend your feet will love—hooray!

MSGM 20MM Brushed Wool Slip-On Sneakers ($437)
These sneakers will transition into fall quite nicely.

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Fanny Packs

This hands-free bag is totally shedding it’s nerdy associations.

Clare V. Fanny Pack ($266)
This belt bag adds instant style!

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Scarves

You’ve got to appreciate a well-styled scarf.

Steven Alan Symbol Silk Scarf ($72)
This scarf is minty fresh!

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Birkenstocks

We’re starting to wonder if these will ever go out of style.

Birkenstock Arizona Oiled Black Sandals ($120)
The sandal of the season !

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Headphones

Look stylish while simultaneously dancing to your favorite tunes.

Friends Layla Leather and Rose Gold-Tone Headphones ($150)
Headphones never looked so good.

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Stacked Rings

You can’t do an accessory roundup without mentioning stacked rings!

Gabriela Artigas Rose Simple Band Rings ($462)
Dainty rings are the best for stacking.

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Backpacks

Backpacks are establishing themselves as the It-bag of the season!

Mansur Gavriel Backpack ($950)
Can you say, swoon?

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Socks

Shoes with socks never looked so chic.

Stance Lottie Olive Socks ($12)
J’adore polka dot socks.

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Looped Belts

This easy and stylish belt trick is definitely a fave.

Isabel Marant Barbershop Beaded Leather Belt ($490)
Bonjour, belt!

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Bold Boots

Printed boots look well-balanced with a white dress.

Burberry Hand-Painted Leather Ankle Boots ($1695)
Say hello to the boot you’re dying to own.

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Emojis

There’s something so youthful and playful about an emoji-adorned accessory!

Acne Studios Adriana Metallic Silver Sneakers ($420)
You’ll feel like the coolest girl on the block in these metallic sneakers.

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Double-Sided Earrings

Double-sided earrings add the perfect amount of polish to an outfit.

Dior Tee Shirt Earrings ($470, 310.859.4700)
Two words: must have.

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Bows

Treat your look to a masculine-inspired accessory, like a black bow.

Saint Laurent Classic Lavaliere ($295)
This is just the accessory our outfit needs.

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Statement Sunnies

Make a statement with a pair of attention-grabbing sunglasses.

Oliver Peoples Op-4 Sunglasses ($480)
You’ll feel like a star in these sunnies.

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Big Buckles

The bigger the better, right?

Givenchy Oversized Buckle Sandals ($1095)
Buckle me beautiful.

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Bucket Bags

Bucket bags are a street style mainstay!

Building Block Pail ($291)
I dare you to not fall in love with this purse.

Your A Style Star!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Trend Report: Floral Heels

So, the days are starting to get shorter. That doesn’t mean that it’s time to give up your perfect floral shoe. These blooming heels are great for the office, party, wedding and dance floor! Walk on roses with these blossoming beauties!

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Ted Baker Saeber Printed Court Heel, $200; tedbaker.com

 -floral-heels-palter-delisoPalter DeLiso Fancy Ivory Fuschia Silk Pump, $895;store.palterdeliso.com

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Nasty Gal Shoe Cult Nicole Pump, $55; nastygal.com

Tropical Floral Heels Blue

Blessing-Co floral print platforms in blue paradise, $36; Blessing-Co

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Dune Blossom-Multi Floral Print Pointed Toe Pump, $50; dunelondon.com

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Stuart Weitzman The Nouveau Pump, $313; stuartweitzman.com

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Loeffler Randall Dahalia Platform Sandal, $128; shoplesnouvelles.com

Tropical Floral Heels Pink

Blessing-Co pink punch tropical heels, $36; Blessing-Co

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Steve Madden Cythiaa, $130; stevemadden.com

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Topshop Glory Floral Print High Shoes, $45; us.topshop.com

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MSGM Floral Screen Printed Satin Pumps, $304; luisaviaroma.com

Floral and Fabulous!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Wear White Lace!

Like chiffon and tulle, lace is one of those ethereal fabrics that gives your look feminine flair, especially when it’s in a refreshing shade of white. Here are some of the best ways to wear white lace and get the look yourself!

Pencil Skirt + Large Florals

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On Jamie Chung of What The Chung: Storets top and Dolce Dolce Lace Skirt ($158).

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Pixie Market Josephine Lace Skirt ($76)

Sexy Silhouette

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On Nicola Peltz: Stella McCartney bodysuit.

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For Love & Lemons Lulu Mesh-Inset Lace Dress ($230)

Midi Dress + Metallic Pumps

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On Keira Knightley: Valentino Resort 2015 dress.

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Collette by Collette Dinnigan Lacey Days Dress ($606)

Romantic Tank + Circle Skirt

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On Ella Catliff of La Petite Anglaise: Club Monaco Masey Lace Tank ($99) and Lyn Faux Leather Skirt ($150).

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Loft Petite Lace Tank ($70)

Matching Set

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On Jessica Alba: Tanya Taylor Bora Floral Mesh Crop Top ($575) and skirt; Lanvin Sugar Lambskin Shoulder Bag ($2190); Sarah Flint Lisa Black Nappa Flats ($545).

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Little White Lies Daisy Lace High Neck Top ($80) and Shorts ($93)

See-Through Blouse + Ripped Jeans

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On Jessica Stein of Tuula Vintage: Lover top; Nobody Denim jeans.

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Alexis Anguilla Open Back Lace Blouse ($319)

How Do You Wear White Lace?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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