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    Leopard and Leather Pt. 1

    Blu Pepper shirt / The Limited jacket (similar) / Forever 21 skirt (similar) / LV Speedy / Steve Madden heels / sunglasses c/o zero UV

    Probably one of my favorite sets of photos EVER (I mean come on, there’s an ombre wall involved), this is part one of a two part styling series using leopard details and this (faux) leather skirt. I love mixing brown and black together, so leopard is always fun for me to include in outfits. I’m also mixing metals with silver sequin details and gold buckle shoes. With all the mixing of neutrals and metals, it’s good to include a classic like the LV print speedy bag. It brings a sense of stability to offset the trends.

    Stay tuned for part two tomorrow – my favorite of the two!

    Photos by Kaela Rodehorst Photography

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    H&M Nola Opening Recap!

    Whew, what a weekend! I want to give a huge, HUGE thanks to H&M (and the two Ashley’s) for giving me the opportunity to help host the H&M Nola grand opening on Saturday. Sometimes, it’s not until after the fact that you step back and think “Hey wait, I did that? That’s sort of awesome.” I cannot be more grateful and thankful for such an experience.

    And yes, was it an experience – it was pure craziness. I never imagined so many people would show up to the store. After the VIP event on Friday night (Blake Lively and Emma Roberts were there!!), people literally camped out in front of the store until noon the next day. The steady stream of people, the lines to the fitting rooms and checkout counters were never-ending. I think it’s safe to say it was an amazingly successful day for the French Quarter’s newest retail spot.

    Jenn and I were able to pull a few lucky shoppers out of the fitting room lines to take them to a reserved dressing room where we gave them outfit advice and helped them put together new outfits. And you know that hashtag I’d been using all week on Instagram – #HMLovesNola? That was the secret discount code that we gave stylish shoppers to get an additional 20% off their entire order!

    You’ll start seeing lots of H&M in some upcoming outfit posts including a pair of plaid pants I’m seriously obsessing over! And stay tuned because December already some amazing events on the calendar as well. 🙂

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    Cargo & Stripes

    Forever 21 sweater / Warehouse skirt / Steve Madden booties / beaded necklace c/o Akola Project / feather necklace (gift) / D&G sunglasses / LV purse / bracelets: c/o Marlyn Schiff, c/o Fredrick Prince, Stella & Dot, Accessory Auctions

    Here’s my third and final way to wear this great Warehouse cargo skirt! The most casual and comfy way out of the three. By now you should know that I love mixing browns with black, so it’s no surprise that I would spring for brown booties to go with this graphic striped sweater – which I love. I’ve worn it with my new paneled leggings as well. (You’ll be seeing those soon.)

    Photos by Kaela Rodehorst Photography

    Which one was your favorite look? Do you like the idea of me styling one piece three different ways for future posts? Let me know, and I might be doing more of these!

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    Sweating in Style with Pure Barre BR

    Karma cami, pants and mesh top c/o Pure Barre Baton Rouge / Tory Burch Reva flats / 3.1 Phillip Lim for Target bag / sunglasses c/o zeroUV

    Just like fashion changes with the season, so does active
    wear. Once the temps drop, you’ll be reaching for some workout pants and
    packing up those running shorts. Now, I’ll be the first to admit, I have little
    to zero knowledge about active wear, but luckily, I have Mary Daniel, owner of
    Pure Barre Baton Rouge, to keep me on my toes (get it?) with the newest trends
    arriving monthly in her studio.

    The Karma collection is one of the active wear lines you’ll
    find at PB-BR. I was so surprised with the luxe fabrics, mesh detailing and
    figure flattering pieces. I’m telling you, I wanted to wear it for the rest of
    the day – and you can. Karma uniquely creates it’s collection that can be worn
    outside of workouts. Take for example the wine and mesh long-sleeve meant to be
    worn over your workout cami in cool weather. SO comfortable yet still stylish.
    Wear it while running errands (it makes me never want to wear old t-shirts to
    the grocery store ever again.)

    Check out the rest of the Karma collection and new styles
    arriving each month at Pure Barre Baton Rouge. Plus, keep up with special classes
    and other info on the PB-BR Facebook page. (I swear, I’m making it to the next
    outer thigh class!)

    Photos by Kaela Rodehorst Photography

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    Coming Through in the Clutch

    Mustard Courtney clutch c/o Urban Expressions / Berry Rush clutch c/o Urban Expressions / Black Jam Skull clutch c/o Urban Expressions / Blue Charlie clutch c/o Ellington / Canvas Zipper clutch c/o Line & Dot / Purple Studded clutch c/o Shop Lately

    My everyday purse is basically what some consider a carry-on
    bag. It fits everything. Yearly agenda, check. DSLR, check. Lunch, check.
    That’s what usually gets packed up each morning along with a slew of other
    random things. Heck, I could fit my wiener dog in there for Bring Your Dog to
    Work Day if there were a such thing. But my point is that while I love a good,
    large bag, I also can’t wait for those times when I can simplify down to a
    smaller one. That’s right, this oversized bag carrier is crushing on clutches…

    In fact, pictured here are the ones you’ll be seeing a more
    of on APoL. Why? Because they aren’t just clutches – most are 3-1 bags. Clutch,
    crossbody, shoulder bag and wait, some even have wristlet attachments.
    Multi-functional for the multi-tasker.

    (You’ll notice, I’ve started quite the collection from Urban
    Expressions. Their small bag collection is extensive, so there are many fun,
    little guys to choose from.)

    Which one are you? Oversized or small &
    sleek? Lookout for upcoming style posts featuring these new clutches!

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