What’s in My Beach Bag? | Island Necessities

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Spring Break is upon us and the sunshine season is just a few months away! Here’s an inside source to my beach bag essentials and some tips to keep in mind as you replenish your vitamin sea!

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Sunnies

What’s a day at the beach without a cute pair of sunnies? Sunglasses are definitely a vacation necessity for me, not only do they protect your eyes but they can be a huge fashion statement. I adore this pair of Dior dupes which I discussed in my last post (if you haven’t read it yet, check it out here!) My adorable case is from a local boutique but you may be able to find a similar one at Nordstrom.

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A Good Read 

The beach is a perfect spot to dive into a good book! I’m currently loving Bossypants by Tina Fey, it seriously never fails to make me laugh. This read is perfect for some light, seaside entertainment and I would definitely recommend it. What’s your favorite book right now? Let me know in the comments below- I love new suggestions!

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An Underwater Camera 

Cute photos are a MUST on any vacation but a sand/water damaged lens can definitely put a damper on any trip. That’s why I love taking my FujiFilm waterproof camera on my beachy adventures! Not only does it have a wrist strap for underwater exploring but it definitely prevents the anxieties of a ruined camera. I used this a ton on my recent vacation and it perfectly captured my snorkeling memories!

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A Hat

Salty hair can get wild and a hat is definitely a beach necessity! Mine is from Vineyard Vines and it always comes in handy. It’s super important to protect your face from UV rays (and to look cute- both of which can be achieved with a hat!) If a ball cap isn’t your style, floppy sun hats are also adorable and will achieve the same fun, tropical look!

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Sunscreen (duh!) 

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my fair share of harsh sunburns. If anything, sunscreen is surely an essential if you’re spending the day with your toes in the sand. I like Neutrogena sunblock because I find that it is gentle on the skin and doesn’t give off a greasy feel. For my face I apply the Ultra Sheer stick and the Ultimate Sport Spray is perfect for my body for I know it will stay on all day. With sunscreen in your beach bag you’ll look like a bronzed babe instead of a lobster…Don’t forget to reapply!

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Sandals 

These definitely aren’t everyone’s style but I ADORE my white Birkenstocks. These sandals are perfect for long walks to the beach because they are super durable and comfortable- not to mention cute! Complementing a tan perfectly, the white style is awesome for Spring and Summer. Yay for Birks!

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That’s it for my Beach Bag Essentials! I hope you had/have an amazing and safe Spring Break! What’s in your beach bag?

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Much love,

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Getaway Garments | A Week in Paradise

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A tropical tan is the perfect accessory to any outfit. I recently took a trip to the beautiful Harbour Island, Bahamas, where these beachy outfits left me feeling pretty in paradise. Enjoy (& don’t forget your sunscreen!)

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This first outfit was definitely one of my go-to beach looks. My tunic style cover up is super light weight and kept me cool in the Bahamian sun. I purchased mine from a local boutique, however you should be able to find similar ones like it at J.Crew. I paired my tropical tunic with my favorite white Birkenstocks which aren’t only comfy and durable, but they compliment a tan perfectly! The sunnies I’m sporting here are exact dupes to the Dior “So Real” Shades (except for the fact that they’re about $500 cheaper!) and I purchased them on Amazon. This outfit encompasses both comfy and cute aspects which are crucial to any vacation look!

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Whether I was grabbing lunch with a view or lounging on the pink sand beaches, this was another one of my favorite outfits from the trip. This navy and lime coverup is perfect for throwing over your swimsuit, instantly creating a beachy look. I paired my tunic with a simple pair of Tkees and I was ready for any adventure awaiting me on the island!

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This fun jumpsuit was one of my dressier outfits on my vacation yet it definitely still gave off a beachy and relaxed vibe. I purchased mine from a small online store, Boho Outfitters but you can find similar ones like it at Urban or Nordstom. I adore the detailing on this piece and can’t wait to incorporate it into more outfits this summer. I paired my jumpsuit with my rose gold pair of Palm Beach Sandals, dressing up the look a bit yet not straying from comfort.

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This final look is a classic white maxi dress that I couldn’t resist bringing on my trip. I purchased mine from Target but you can find tons of variations with this simple design. Whether you want to dress it up with a pair of wedges or wear it barefoot to the beach, this piece is so versatile and beautiful- not to mention it will make you feel like a goddess!

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My tan is beginning to fade so it looks like it’s time to rap up today’s post. I hope you gained some outfit inspiration from my tropical looks! Be sure to tell me your favorite outfit in the comments below!

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With Love,

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Concert OOTN | Denim & Dancing

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Urban fashion and concert style alike, both incorporate fun and edgy aspects. When I attended a Marina and the Diamonds concert in New York City last week, these were the words I kept in mind upon searching throughout my wardrobe for the perfect outfit of the night. Here you will find the details of my look from an awesome evening in the city… Enjoy!

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My OOTN

Jacket- Urban Outfitters 

I love pairing denim with various looks to make them more casual yet keep them chic. On this rainy night in particular I was definitely glad I layered for it made waiting outside for Marina’s (!!!) performance a lot more enjoyable! While inside the venue, I tied the jacket around my waist and it looked just as cute. If you haven’t already invested in a denim jacket I would highly recommend purchasing one for they are super versatile yet practical!

Top- H&M

This classic black and white striped top is another super versatile item in my wardrobe. This shirt is very simplistic yet I love the fun effect that the higher neckline gives as it peeks over the denim.

Skort- Free People

I am so, so excited about this new piece! A pleather, envelope skort seems a bit intimidating upon first glance however I love the way that it can be dressed up or down. The fact that this is a skort instead of a skirt is also super exciting (got to love those built in shorts!) I am also obsessed with the statement zipper in the front. I can’t wait to experiment with incorporating this piece into various looks (Be sure to like this post if you want me to do a skort lookbook!!)

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Black Tights 

I included sheer black tights under my skort for an edgier look (and for warmth!) You can basically find these anywhere- I believe mine are from Target.

Bag- Kate Spade 

My bright red bag added a pop of color to my look and served as a statement piece. This was the perfect size for the concert necessities and didn’t get in my way while I was dancing. If you were going for a dressier look, the cross body strap is detachable and the purse can be used as a clutch!

(Shoutout to my sister for letting me “borrow”- aka steal this forever from her!!!)

Sneakers- Sk8 Hi Slim Vans

As for shoes, I went with my black and white high top Vans. These were perfect for walking around the city and dancing all night. If you are going to a concert- especially in a city venue that’s entirely standing, I would definitely recommend going with more comfortable footwear. If you were looking to dress up a look like this, black booties would be the perfect addition.

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I hope you enjoyed my outfit of the night!! I had an AMAZING time at the Marina and the Diamonds concert, she was fabulous live! Click here to listen to some of her music and be sure to let me know your favorite songs in the comments below!

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With love,

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Summer Blues | DIY Boyfriend Jeans

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Who needs a boyfriend when you can wear boyfriend jeans?! Really though, these distressed denim pants are so trendy at the moment and can truly transform an outfit. Versatile and comfortable, boyfriend jeans can give  a simple look an edgy twist. Not to mention they’re super easy to make yourself! Realizing this, I geared up with a pair of scissors and decided to convert some old jeans from drab to fab (that was cheesy but I couldn’t resist) in a matter of minutes. Here you will find how to create your very own boyfriend jeans… Enjoy!

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What you will need: 

In order to complete this super simple DIY you will only need a few items that can be found around the house!

  • Jeans (pretty obvious)- I thrifted mine from my local Goodwill for just $5, as this was my first time distressing, the thrift store was a great resource for finding inexpensive pieces to DIY.
  • Scissors- fabric scissors would be easiest if you have them however office scissors work just fine.
  • Tweezers
  • A pencil (or really any writing utensil of your choice!)

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Now that you have your materials, follow these easy steps and you will have yourself a pair of trendy, statement jeans!

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  • Step 1: First, try on your jeans and use a pencil to mark exactly how wide and long you would like your distressed areas to be.
  • Step 2: Next, use your scissors to cut horizontal lines about a half inch to an inch and a half apart, depending on how large you would like your holes to be.
    • Hint: Make sure you are only cutting through ONE layer of the pants!
  • Step 3: After that, use your tweezers to pull out the individual fraying strands of denim you have created. This will gradually begin to reveal white, distressed areas.
    •  This step can be quite tedious, but stick to it, you will be happily surprised with the outcome!

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  • Step 4: Continue with the previous step until you reach your desired amount of fraying.
    • Hint: if you are looking for a less geometrical shape in your hole, make the lines you cut in “Step 2” unevenly sized to avoid a boxy look.
    • Throwing your jeans in the wash immediately after distressing will also create a more frayed, edgy style.

After following these steps, not only will you have your very own boyfriend jeans, but the pride to say you made them yourself!

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Here are my finished pants! In addition to rolling the bottoms, I decided to create three holes, one on the thigh, knee and lower shin. I just love pairing my boyfriend jeans with my white Birkenstocks (they’re so ugly they’re cute!) for an extra fun and edgy look. I am so happy with how my jeans came out and would definitely recommend trying this DIY to spice up some old denim! If you do try it out or have any other DIYs you would like me to cover, leave a comment down below!

Thank you so much for reading- it means the world to me! Don’t forget to like & follow for more fashion DIYs in the future!

Have a wonderful week!

With love,

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Cute For a Cause | Ivory Ella

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Are you looking for a way to make a difference in this world? Do you like to wear adorable clothes? If you answered “YES” to one of those two questions then you must check out the garments of the adorable new company, Ivory Ella. With a mission to save elephants (my favorite animal!) from poaching and extinction, this awesome company donates 10% of net profits to savetheelephants.org! By purchasing a product you could truly make a difference, not to mention look incredibly cute while doing so!


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I recently ordered this fuchsia long sleeve t-shirt from Ivory Ella’s website and have been wearing it non-stop ever since! The soft, lightweight material and bright, fun color, make it perfect for summer! I also love the fact that it is so comfy and effortless yet still looks way cuter than a simple tee. Ideal for those pool days when you are running out the door to grab an ice cream cone, I will definitely get a lot of use out of this buy!

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Photo credit to http://www.ivoryella.com

With a huge variety of products there is surely an item for everyone! The company recently came out with choker necklaces and men’s apparel in addition to the fun women’s tees already in stock. I am in love with the diverse amount of patterns and styles on the website and am constantly finding new items each time I check back!

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With each t-shirt at a price of around $30, it is definitely comforting to know that a portion of your mini splurge is going to an awesome cause. Currently, the company ships to the U.S. only, however they have only launched recently and state on their website that they “hope to implement worldwide shipping in a few weeks!” I am extremely eager to see what this little company has in store and can’t wait to see what other adorable products I can purchase that can help save the elephants!

This is truly an awesome brand and I just had to share it with the rest of you! Let me know in the comments what your favorite item on the Ivory Ella website is and if you are planning to purchase anything!

Thanks so much for reading and don’t forget to like follow for more posts like this! Also, be sure to share Ivory Ella with your friends, each purchase can help to make a difference!

Click here to access the Ivory Ella website & purchase your own products. 

Wishing you a wonderful week!

With love,

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Disclaimer: This post is in no way affiliated or sponsored by Ivory Ella, all statements and opinions are my own!

Street Style OOTD: A day in NYC

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Not only is New York City stunning for its famous sights, incredible architecture and overwhelming culture, but simply roaming the busy streets can be as intriguing as visiting another one of its museums. The diversity in style that one can observe whilst walking a few blocks is so genuinely beautiful. From leather pants, to flowing dreadlocks, to outfits made entirely of a single pastel color-the various aspects of style can be so inspiring and exciting.This week I took a day trip into the city and decided to photograph my look (sorry to disappoint but it does not involve dreadlocks nor monochrome pastels).

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How can you not be in love with this city?

It’s NOT Spring: Although spring is (supposedly) approaching, the East Coast remains frigid as ever. I decided that I might as well incorporate my favorite winter style into my outfit because with warm weather will come a plethora of new trends. Some trends this season were loose bohemian knits, cool toned outfits and flannel prints. As you will see I utilized several of these aspects into my outfit of the day.

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My outfit of the day!

What I wore: I went for a very casual, grunge look by incorporating layered, loose basics. My comfortable, flowy top is from a local boutique, however there are similar basics sold at Brandy Melville. As for bottoms, I styled a high waisted, structured pant with gold accented pockets from American Apparel. For a pop of color, I tied a flannel from Urban around my waist- this also came in handy when it got chillier throughout the day and I could put it on, creating a layered look. I styled this outfit with some classic black booties (not pictured) to tie it all together. 

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Bralettes & Necklace combos = A match made in Heaven

Why bralettes are extremely important: I am in LOVE with bralettes because they are the perfect addition of color and texture to any simple outfit. Although some can be pricey, I invested in this aqua one from Free People and have been wearing it non-stop since. You can really dress up this comfortable statement with a little black dress or in a more casual sense as I did. If you don’t already own one, I would definitely recommend purchasing a bralette, as mine has become a staple in my wardrobe.

Notable Necklaces: I purchased my set of necklaces from Urban Outfitters and just as the bralette does, layered necklaces can really alter an outfit. I’ve been really into gold accessories lately and feel that this combination of various lengthened and textured necklaces can be styled in many ways. The shortest necklace is a very simple bead strung on a black cord- resembling the choker trend that was incredibly popular this summer. The next necklace is a simple lotus flower and I feel that the length is perfect and can be styled alone or with other pieces, as photographed. My third necklace is a “Hamsa” hand which is supposed to serve as “protection from evil” (in reality I just thought it was really cute!) I have been in love with various lengthened necklaces because they can be featured individually or paired to create awesome looks.

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Hopefully I’m not making you TOO hungry…

Sunnies: I know I’m killing you with the food photos, but what would a trip to the city be without a picture of my treat (I am a teenage girl after all). Anyway, this mouth watering photo of my ice cream sandwich from TMC features my new favorite sunglasses. Although it may have been raining and freezing weather I couldn’t resist wearing my new shades (yes, I’m THAT girl) from Urban Outfitters (see a pattern here?) The perfect pair of sunnies can really pull a look together! With warm weather (supposedly) approaching I would definitely recommend looking for your next pair of shades at Urban because they are all incredibly cute and fairly inexpensive. Also, you should definitely stop by The Meatball Shop if you happen to be in the city- you can pick up one of these ice cream sandwiches because let me tell you it was incredible. 

Maybe spring is coming after all...

Maybe spring is coming after all…

Thank you so much for reading! If you are looking for style inspiration (or any kind of inspiration) you should take a trip to NYC for sure! It is overflowing with unique looks on every sidewalk. I hope you enjoyed, have a wonderful week.

Don’t forget to like, comment & follow for more outfit inspiration & style posts! Also, a special thank you for all of the awesome feedback on my last post- you are all so lovely! 

Kyra Xx