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Pattern Mixing: Stripes & Ikat

jcrew factory skirt / blouse via nordstrom / H&M jacket similar one I just ordered here / flats / ray ban sunglasses / prada bag

I am not a pattern mixer at all. I don't know how to pull it off, and frankly, I just don't like it on most occasions. I value simplicity above all other style "rules." With that said, when I bought this skirt ( a long time ago) I thought the shiny stripes were so cute and elegant, and I assumed I could easily pair it with a lot of things. I was wrong. Although I still like the skirt; I have found it is has not been easy for me to style it with other items. I wanted to throw a pop of color to it, and I came up with this coral/red combination, paired with a classic bag and flats. 


Floral Blues

Kipling recently hosted an event in Miami, partnering with Nylon Magazine and a special performance  by Megan Nicole to showcase their back-to-school collection. I was so impressed by the selection and quality of their bags! They are definitely my new destination for travel bags. They have luggage, totes, weekenders, backpacks, lunch bags, and even handbags, like the one I'm wearing above. What I love about this bag I'm wearing, besides its cool tribal vibe, is that on the inside it is sturdy, has a resistant lining and has a lot of safe compartments to store things. I have been traveling a lot recently, and my carry-on has seen its day, so I've been shopping around for a trusty travel bag and after seeing the quality of this handbag, I'd love to go with one of their light, wheeled options. Below are a couple shots from the event! :)

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Notoriously Red

When I saw this dress, I ran towards it. Though the color is very attractive, it was the volume that attracted me to it. I absolutely love how long it is on me, and how it flows when I walk. It is currently, my favorite dress,I just wish it wasn't so notorious, so I could wear it more often! 


Smoked Purple

Last year, when Rihanna collaborated with MAC and developed a deep purple lipstick, I looked everywhere for it, but it sold out quickly. I tried this one that I'm wearing, but back then, it seemed too dark, and "witch-like" for me. I walked away from it and didn't think about it again, until I was in Macy's the other day getting my dad a present, and I saw it on display and decided to give it another try. This time, I felt more at ease with it, and liked the deep shade. It's definitely not a shade I could wear every day, or even often, but with the right edgy look, I feel it goes very well. 



When I was in Memphis with my mom for her surgery last week, while she was recovering, I had lots of time to sneak in her closet. She dresses so impeccably, classic to the t; that I knew I would find more than one treasure. And find it, I did. Gucci is one of her favorite designers, and this is one of three belts that she has collected over the years. She has this tan one, a black and a chocolate one. I begged and pleaded to "borrow" this one, and being the generous woman she is, it didn't take much. I based this outfit around the belt, with a recent J.Crew (on a major sale) purchase of this scalloped marino sweater. It's so light and comfy, I would love it in every color. 
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