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Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Raw Hem Denim Trend You Need For Fall + How To Get It For Less

Let me explain. My obsession with raw hem denim started about a month ago when I saw this unidentified photo on Pinterest - you know the ones you click that lead you to nowhere and don't tell you where to find the original image. (Insert mad face emoji) It was a photo of a pair of really cool jeans with unfinished hems. They were perfectly frayed and for someone who loves symmetry, I was actually very mesmerized by those asymmetric pant legs and was tempted to butcher a pair of my own pants just to have a pair. Well thankfully I was able to avoid a Pinterest fail because I found basically an exact pair recently from Express!

I can just hear my mom saying "WHY would you spend a lot of money on pants that look destroyed," BUT ha - I didn't spend a lot of money on them. In fact, I got these jeans for less than $50 because Express was running a sale on denim when I ordered them! (aka I also bought two other pairs) 

You guys, I just realized that the sale is STILL going on. These jeans, and all of the other denim styles on Express are marked down 40%, so I am sharing these gray distressed jeans that I'm obsessed with in today's post, but I'm also sharing the other two pairs that I picked up:

Go true to size, I got these in a long because I'm 5'9

TTS + these come in three different lengths!!! Full post coming soon.

TTS + these are already a new favorite to wear with heels!

I'm going to be posting all three of these jean styles on Instagram and in blog posts, but I wanted to give you a heads up since I do not have photos of all versions yet. But trust me, you will not find a better trend jean right now for a better price right now. I'm very very impressed with the quality and fit of all three styles that I ordered. 

See more of this look in today's full post with Express Denim!

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

5 Ways to Make Any Outfit Look More Expensive

You don't have to have a massive budget to put together a killer fall wardrobe, so I've teamed up with Nordstrom today to share my top five tips for mixing both high-end, designer pieces and affordable, budget pieces to give you an outfit that looks like a million bucks! I've said it before, and I'll say it again, Nordstrom is my favorite online retailer to shop because you can find BOTH sets of price ranges plus those that run in between all on one website. 
(Everything linked in today's post can be found at Nordstrom!)

1. Elevate Your Outfit with Accessories

You don't need a wardrobe full of designer labels when you can have an arsenal full of fun accessories instead! My favorite way to make an outfit unique and my own is through my accessories. The ones in today's post like the fur pom keychains and my black round frame sunglasses are trend items that I scored for less than $20 a piece on Nordstrom. Accessories allow you to add in your own personality, and you don't have to spend a ton on them to make an impact - which is why I love them! 

Here are a few of my favorite accessories to fit every budget:

2. Avoid Prints That Are Quickly Dated

Whether you splurge or save on a solid-colored item - even if it's a basic white tee - you know that it won't be dated by its pattern later down the road! I mean is anything more effortless and chic than a crisp white button-down? Best of all, it will never go out of style, and there are several variations and price points available, so no one really knows if you spent $100 or $20 on it - keep people guessing! The white, ruffled button-down I'm wearing in today's post is from Nordstrom by Topshop, a brand that always has designer inspired pieces for less!

I also love these classic white tops:

3. Invest in the Classics

This is a rule that I live by - I never splurge on trendy pieces! If I'm looking at a big ticket item, I make sure to calculate it's cost per wear first. I basically try to determine if that purse or pair of shoes might only be worn with a certain color or if it might be limited to one or two seasons of the year. If I don't foresee getting enough use out of an item over time to even out the cost per wear, I normally tend to pass on it. For example, I have a designer bag that I bought 10 years ago that I still wear today - the cost per wear of that item has far exceeded many cheaper handbags that I've purchased! The same goes for shoes - even my wedding shoes. I chose a classic Jimmy Choo Luna open-toe heel two years ago that I can still wear with ANY cocktail or formal dress in my closet.

Here are some investment pieces that I think are completely worthy of the splurge:

4. Add a Red Lip (Bonus points for pretty nails!)

Never underestimate the power of lipstick - especially a red lip. This simplest step is one that's often skipped but can sometimes make the biggest impact. Even if you have your hair in a low ponytail or a messy bun, a little color on your lip can instantly make everything feel a little more polished. (Trust me, try it in the mirror when you get a chance!) Any time, I feel a little amiss or rushed getting ready, I'll add a quick red lip - and if lipstick is too much, you can dab on a lip stain too!

The same can be said for your nails! Even if you aren't wearing a colored polish, clean and trim nails are an easy way to appear more put together as a whole. 

5. Smile

You know that saying "You're never fully dressed without a smile?" Well, it's totally true. Confidence is what completes any outfit, so no matter what the price is or what the label says, feeling comfortable in what you're wearing and embracing your own personal style is always priceless. 
Sorry for the corniness guys, but I truly believe in this last one!

See the rest of this look in today's full post!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

100 of the Best Instagram Hashtags for Fashion Bloggers + How To Use Them

I've been meaning to do this for a while now, but even more so now that the Instagram algorithm has kicked in making it even more important to make your posts discoverable! I'm sharing some of my favorite hashtags to use as a fashion blogger and those that can help get your content in front of your ideal audience. It's literally been talked about all over the web that hashtags will help make your posts more discoverable by 12.6%, so let's hop to it! 

(And stick around for the end because I'm sharing a few tips and tricks to help remember all of these hashtags, so you're not twiddling your fingers in the midst of posting!)

plaid top / button front skirt / booties / bag / bracelet / watch


The Best Hashtags for Fashion Bloggers on Instagram:

38 Outfit Photo hashtags:
#ootd #ootn #outfitoftheday #outfit #outfitpost #myoutfit #realoutfit #instaoutfit #lookbook #mystyle #igstyle #lotd #lookoftheday #lookingfor #outfitinspo #outfitgoals #styleoftheday #todaysoutfit #todayimwearing #currentlywearing #whatiwore #aboutalook #wiwt #whatiworetoday #outfitinspiration #outfitidea #wiw #mylook #instastyle #instafashion #stylefile #styledbyme #styletip #streetstyleluxe #ootdmagazine #ootdshare #trending #lovethislook

22 Blogger hashtags:
#fashion #fashionblogger #fashiondaily #fashionable #fashionista #styleinspo #style #styleblog #stylegram #styleblogger #fashiondiaries #styleinspiration #fashiongram #fashionstyle #streetstyle #styleiswhat #ontheblog #bloggerstyle #blogpost #blogging #linkinprofile #newpost

23 Popular IG hashtags:
#inspiration #inspo #igdaily #igers #instagood #tbt #photooftheday #instamood #vsco #vscocam #vscogram #iphone #iphoneonly #iphonedaily #me #selfie #picoftheday #instadaily #instalike #instalove #potd #details #instalike

8 Item specific hashtags:
#newshoes #newin #newoutfit #newarrival #shoeoftheday #shoesday #shoecrush #bagcrush

9 hashtags (for rewardStyle bloggers):
#LTKitbag #LTKshoecrush #LTKhome #LTKswim #LTKstyletip #LTKfit #LTKsalealert
#LTKunder50 #LTKunder100


Instagram Hashtag Tips & Reminders:

• Use 1-2 relevant hashtags in your actual caption

• Use additional hashtags under your photo in a separate comment so it's less distracting to followers.
(You can go a step further by typing a period followed by a line break 5 times to hide the hashtags.)

• Remember you can only use 30 hashtags per post (30 is plenty!)

• Make sure they are relevant and will attract people with a genuine interest in your content.

• Save certain groups of hashtags in your notes section to quickly copy and paste

• Go a step further by creating iPhone keyboard shortcuts

PS. You can PIN the image below for easy referral later!


Monday, August 22, 2016

Rebecca Minkoff Proceeds Donated to Flood Efforts

I'm so sorry for being MIA last week - I was trying my very best to be available for any flood volunteering, so the blog took a hit on it's regularly scheduled posts. Promise to make up for it this week, and I promise that the posts are going to be EXTRA rewarding because when you shop, you are also going to be giving back to flood efforts here in South Louisiana!

Today, I'm spilling about THREE days of Rebecca Minkoff sales going towards flood relief efforts. August 24-26, Kiki in Baton Rouge is hosting a RM trunk show where 10% of the proceeds will be given to Second Harvest Food Bank. SO if you've had your eye on specific style or just in the market for a new bag, you can head to the store in-person or give them a call at (225) 767-9704 to place phone orders. If you are available to come by the store, DryBar will also be there for some fun hair braiding!

Kiki Address and Number:
7707 Bluebonnet Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70810
(225) 767-9704

You guys already know that I'm a huge Rebecca Minkoff bag lady, so I'm so grateful that one of my favorite designers is donating to this cause that hits so close to home. Here in today's post, I'm wearing my new jumbo Love Crossbody that was also a part of the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. It's since gone back up to full price, but it's SO good and fits basically everything! The Love Crossbody is one of RM's most popular styles and it comes in a ton of different colors, so I'd definitely recommend this as a go-to style for fall and one that you can call and request during the trunk show!

See more of this look below and in today's full post!

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