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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Bags that only look Expensive

Right now, purses are hitting the shelves everywhere that look like they could be very expensive, but get this: They ring in under $100. Check out my favorite picks, and get ready for the “Where did you get your bag?” comments to roll in!

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BCBGMAXAZRIA Harlow Jewel-Studded Envelope Clutch, $98 now $49, available at BCBGMAXAZRIA.

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Charles & Keith Duo-Tone Tote, $93, available at Charles & Keith.

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H&M Suede Bag, $69.95, available at H&M.

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Steve Madden Bcortage Tote, $98 on sale $69.99, available at Zappos.

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Zubi Handbag, $89, available at yoox.com.

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Gap Leather Tote, $94.99, available at Gap.

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Pour la Victoire Elle Mini Cross Body Bag, $95, available at Shopbop.

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Blessing-Co Pastel Pink Shoulder Bag, $36, available at Blessing-Co

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Nasty Gal Marisa Tote, $65, available at Nasty Gal.

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Mango Pebbled Bucket Bag, $39.99, available at Mango.

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MeDusa Slim Clutch, $94, available at Boticca.

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AX Armani Exchange Mixed Media Satchel, $128 now $79.99, available at AX Armani Exchange.

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Jasper & Jeera Solana Clutch, $48, available at Anthropologie.

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Zara Leather Handbag, $69.99, available at Zara.

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Sole Society Maxine, $54.95, available at Sole Society.

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French Connection Mod Squad Med Tote,$98 $59.99, available at French Connection.

Where did you get your Bag?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Festival Accessories under $50

Festival Season is here and with the right accessories, staying cool while looking hot is easier than making your way to the front of the main stage. Shop my favorite festival accessories, all under $50!

Now you can spend that extra cash on other necessities, like water and sunscreen.

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River Island Classic Pastel Fabric Headband ($11) in Pastel

A floral headband is a great pop of color for those who like to keep their clothes neutral.

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Forever 21 Conversation-Starting Stud Set ($5) in Gold/Silver

Mix and match these studs for awesomely adorned ears!

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Free People Metallic Straw Baseball Hat ($38) in Bronze

A metallic baseball cap will ensure all eyes are on you, while protecting you from the sun’s harsh rays.

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Ecote Nala Beaded Crossbody Pouch Bag($49) in Gold

Big enough to hold your essentials, but still small enough for you to forget you’re wearing a bag, this crossbody was made for festival-goers!

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Asos Skinny Embroidery Western Buckle Waist Belt ($15) in Black

Western-themed accessories are always at the top of the list of festival must-haves.

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Mink Pink Mirrored Sunglasses ($40) in Pink

Both pink and mirrored, these sunglasses are standouts, for sure.

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Club Monaco Bonnie Bracelet ($36) in Mauve

A beaded bracelet will add a little something extra to your outfit without weighing you down.

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Blessing-Co Starfish Spiral Ring ($12)

No need to worry about a manicure with this bauble, the whimsical ring doubles as nail-art.

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Anthropologie Tempestad Layered Bracelet ($38) in Black Motif

This colorful bracelet brilliantly combines the illusion of stacking with the ease of a single magnetic closure.

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ModCloth Black Bay Bicycle Club Belt ($20) in Black

The belt bag does double duty to keep your waist cinched while holding your must-haves!

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Pendleton Oversized Towel ($48) in Coyoacan

Sit stylishly and keep your clothes dirt-free with this printed towel.

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H&M Sandals ($25) in Light Brown

Your feet will thank you for these eye-catching sandals long after festival season has ended.

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NastyGal Festival Water Bottle Holder ($32)

The name says it all.

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Urban Outfitters Twist-Band Nubby Panama Hat ($34) in Neutral

Warm weather calls for a stylish, lightweight hat.

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Dogeared Gold Lightning Earrings ($40)

These gold lightning bolt studs are understated, but do a lot for an outfit.

Have A Fabulous Festival Season!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Accessory Report: Spring Bags

These are the best Handbag Trends you’ll Definitely want to try this Spring!

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A Color-Block Bag

If you already have a neutral bag in your spring arsenal, you’ll need a fun color-block one to counter it. No “matchy-matchy” rules apply with color-blocking, so you can coordinate it to your outfit like Miroslava Duma and her chic Pierre Hardy—or not. It’s up to you.

Get The Look

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Pierre Hardy Bag 61 color-block suede clutch, $895, luisaviaroma.com

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A Structured, Ladylike Purse

A retro-chic, feminine handbag adds an element of elegance to any outfit—from jeans and a tee to a suit or dress—and is ultra versatile to take you from work to after-work cocktails.

Get The Look

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Divine wave bag, $30, Blessing-Co

SpringBags-TopHandleA Top-Handle Bag

 The top-handle bag will easily transition right into spring. You can’t go wrong with this style, whether it’s a structured satchel or a soft duffel with cool zip features like Anne Katherine Frey’s Alexander Wang.

Get The Look

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Alexander Wang Rockie small cross-body satchel bag, $795, neimanmarcus.com

SpringBags-BackpackA Stylish Backpack

The backpack gets updated this year. Along with being incredibly functional, these designer backpacks look effortlessly cool. Even Karl Lagerfeld put graffiti-covered backpacks on his spring runway for Chanel.

Get The Look

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Herschel Supply Little America backpack, $90, karmaloop.com

SpringBags-MetallicA Metallic Clutch

A metallic dress is a must-have going-out look for spring, and the same goes for your clutch. Match it with a metallic, or mix it in with other looks, because heavy metal works with everything (Hanne Gaby Odiele agrees).

Get The Look

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Expressions NYC crackle envelope clutch, $38, nordstrom.com

SpringBags-CarryAllA Sophisticated Carryall Work Tote

Refresh your hold-everything work bag for the warmer season with a lighter hue and updated elements like an East-West silhouette. Classic camel is always a sure hit but a pastel bag like Milana Kruz’s Givenchy one is definitely droolworthy.

Get The Look

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Alberta di Canio handbag, $195, yoox.com

SpringBags-FloralA Floral-Print Clutch

A floral clutch adds extra springtime cheer to any outfit—whether you’re mixing prints like blogger Chriselle Lim (featuring this Givenchy clutch) or adding one single eye-catching accessory to a streamlined monochromatic look.

Get The Look

SpringBags-Floral-2Printed stripe zip-top clutch, $48, c. wonder.com

SpringBags-PastelA Pastel Purse

Easter-egg hues are the new neutral when it comes to accessories this season. Work a pink, baby blue, or minty green one into your outfit, whether it’s a roomy satchel, an envelope clutch, or a structured bag like blogger-model Zanita Morgan’s.

Get The Look

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Mint Tassle Bag, $46, Blessing-Co

SpringBags-satchelA Printed Satchel

Burberry showed painted-over bags for fall, so get a jump on the trend now with a printed satchel. It’s a perfect way to sneak in some flair on an otherwise neutral, go-with-everything accessory, like Natalie Joo’s and her checked Brahmin tote.

Get The Look

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Marni graphic-print cross-body bag, $1,476, nordstrom.com

SpringBags-BucketA Bucket Bag

A bucket bag should be at the top of your shopping list this season. Whether it’s a minimalist drawstring creation or Alexander Wang’s lipstick-red studded number carried by model Pauline Vander Cruysse, the style will fit all your essentials and update any look.

Get The Look

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Faux-leather tasseled bucket bag, $30, oldnavy.com

What Spring Bags Are Your Faves?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Statement Bags…Literally

Feel like making a statement without actually saying a word? Well, according to the Fashion Week runways, come this fall, your totes and clutches will be doing the communicating for you!

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If you rearrange the order and add a verb, these 3.1 Phillip Lim bags with raised block lettering you could make a sentence.

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Kiwi designer Karen Walker honored the suffrage movement with her mod-meets-Victorian collection—including a few women power statement clutches.

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Kate Spade New York presented a colorful Shanghai and Tokyo travel-inspired collection, as you can see from this rainbow-lettered clutch.

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Just raise this pouch by Karen Walker the next time someone tries to pick you up at a bar. ‘Nuff said.

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And here is an empowering tote I recently won from Zooey Magazine. Live life bravely and kick ass!

What does your Bag say about You?

XOXO

-D-Anna

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Outrageous Clutches

Outrageous ClutchesYour purse repertoire most likely includes all the usual suspects: a cross-body carryall, a top-handle tote, perhaps even an on-trend bucket bag. But lately crazy clutches are popping up on the runways of Burberry, Chanel, and more. Whether you’d dare to wear one of these over-the-top carriers–or would simply prefer to appreciate from afar–these bags are packed with out-of-the-ordinary personality. From a jewel-encrusted clutch to a charming purse shaped like a perfume bottle, you’ll love these outrageous clutches!

outrageousclutch-katespadeKate Spade Road Trip License Plate Clutch ($378)

OutageousClutch-ChanelChanel S/S 13 Lego Clutch ($9900)

outrageousclutch-koturKotur Aqua Globe Minaudiere ($395)

Blessing-Co-knuckle-duster-goldBlessing-Co Jeweled skull Knuckle Duster clutch ($38)

outrageousclutch-charlotteolympiaCharlotte Olympia Yellow Scent Perspex Clutch ($1295)

outrageousclutch-burberryBurberry S/S 13 Framed Perspex Clutch ($1495) in Kelly Green

outrageousclutch-zaraZara Box Clutch with Gems ($50)

Have a Fashionably Outrageous Weekend!

XOXO

-D-Anna

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