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Friday, May 29, 2015

Summer 2015 Graduation Gift Guide for Her

It's almost June, which means it's time to reward your favorite female grad with a special gift for her academic achievements. She's worked hard for that diploma or degree and she certainly deserves to celebrate with something special, so I've selected eleven of my favorite graduation gifts for all budgets. Whether she's into colorful jewelry, staying organized, or fabulous footwear, here are my gift ideas ranging in price from $17 to $417. 

graduation gift ideas for her for summer 2015

Top row, left to right: Kendra Scott chandelier earrings, $62.80, Coco Chanel Mademoiselle gift set, $135, Nine West crystal necklace, $36

Second row, left to right: Toms 'Bellini' sunglasses, $83.40, Candie's perforated flats, $29.99

Third row, left to right: Lilly Pulitzer infinity scarf, $78, Michael Kors 'Lexington' watch, $166.90, Rebecca Minkoff mini bucket bag, $134.98

Bottom row, left to right: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker 'Carrie' heels, $355, Lilly Pulitzer 17-month agenda, $17, Manolo Blahnik 'Orlana' ankle strap heels (also in black), $416.98

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Best Memorial Day Sales for Summer 2015

Summer is almost here, and with that, the awesome sale season. Fortunately for shoppers, many retailers are starting their sales early. Here's a list of the best Memorial Day sales to help you kick off summer 2015 in style:

Asos - Get 20% off through May 25 off with code LONGWKND 
Charlotte Russe - shop the $5, $10, and $15 sale. Take 30% off select dresses now through Monday.
Club Monaco - Take an extra 30% off sale and clearance with code MEMORIALDAY
DvF - Get 30% off all sale items with code SUMMER30
Forever 21 - Save 30% now through May 25 on select items online and in store. Also - buy one, get one 50% off select items with code B1G150OFF
Free People - Save up to 60% on apparel and accessories
Go Jane  - Save up to 60% off new arrivals
J.Crew Factory - Extra 50% off through May 25 (get outfit ideas here)
Macy's - Save up to 20% through May 25 off with code HOORAY
Nasty Gal - Save up to 70% off on apparel and accessories and save 40% off select styles with code HOTSTUFF
Nordstrom - Save up to 40% now through May 31 in the Nordstrom half-yearly sale
Old Navy - Up to 50% off. Get 20% off now through May 22, no code needed
Rag & Bone - Get up to 50% off (these sandals are my top pick)
Saks Fifth Avenue - Up to 55% off women's apparel through May 30
Shopbop - Save up to 70% off women's apparel and accessories 
Target - save 30% off regularly priced styles for the family with code MEM30
The Outnet - up to an additional 50% off select items
Tilly's - Get 20% off through May 31 with code SPRING15
Topshop - Get 30% off key summer pieces through May 26

shop the best Memorial Day sales for summer 2015

A selection of my top sale picks pictured above:

MICHAEL Michael Kors wedges (other colors available), $89.90
David & Young white fedora hat, $9.98
Spitfire Yahoo cat-eye shades, $28
Kate Spade iPhone 5 and 5S case, $23.98
Steve Madden 'Evict' sandals (other colors available), $40.17 
La Regale 'Candy' crystal clutch (also in black or pink), $46.80
BP leopard print scarf, $8.98
Floral wedges (also in taupe), $23.31

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Red, White, and You

Memorial Day is just weeks away, and while the holiday may conjure ideas of barbecues, road trips, beach days, war memorials, and relaxation, there's also plenty of Americana-themed fashion to help you celebrate. Salute the stars and stripes in style and welcome the sunny days of summer by sporting Old Glory on a pair of sunglasses, a utilitarian backpack, or sporty sneakers. Below are twelve options I'm eyeing.

Americana fashion trend 2015, American flag fashion favorites

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1. American flag cargo backpack, $29.99
2. Eagle and flag graphic tank top, $12.99
3. Chuck Taylor washed flag sneakers, $59.95
4. Star print sunglasses case, $10
5. American flag headband, $6
6. Converse baseball hat (other colors available), $25
7. Americana light up star decoration (similar USA version in red or star version in red), $19.99
8. Round Americana sunglasses, $6.99
9. Oblong flag print scarf, $9.99
10. Vans 'Van Doren' sneakers, $54.95
11. American flag tote bag, $12
12. Mossimo mid-rise star print shorts, $19.99

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

LC Lauren Conrad Minnie Mouse Collection Review

Fresh off the heels of the ultra feminine LC Lauren Conrad Cinderella collection, Lauren Conrad has launched another cute Disney collection at Kohl's. This one's inspired by the all-time favorite Minnie Mouse. Who doesn't love her? The Minnie Mouse collection by LC Lauren Conrad features fun polka dot graphics, oversized tees, and flirty dresses in a signature Minnie color palette of red, navy, grey, white, and black. I couldn't resist trying on a few items during a trip to Kohl's to look for more of my Milly favorites, which are proving harder to find due to the collection's popularity. 

The Minnie Mouse collection is currently 25% off and here's a peek at what the store had in stock.

LC Lauren Conrad Minnie Mouse Collection

Bows and polka dots lend a playful and youthful vibe to graphic print tees.

LC Lauren Conrad Minnie Mouse Collection bow graphic t-shirts

LC Lauren Conrad Disney Minnie Mouse Collection

Here's what I brought into the fitting room. For reference, I tried a size 2 or XS in everything.

LC Lauren Conrad Minnie Mouse Collection

The tees are super soft, lightweight (but not sheer) and oversized. I'd size down for a more tailored fit.

Below: the versions on the left and right have bows and unexpected shoulder cutout details. I tucked in the one in the middle for a better fit. It has a blush pink tulle bow and I think it would be adorable tucked into an A-line skirt. My top pick is the navy one on the right, since it works well with dark denim.

LC Lauren Conrad Minnie Mouse Collection T-shirts

Below: the open-back dress is very well tailored in the waist and bodice. Size up if you're curvy! It has a tie detail in the back and elastic in the waist. Unfortunately, there's no zipper, so putting it on takes some effort. The A-line shape is great, as is the tiny Minnie Mouse print. I still can't decide which colorway I prefer. I'm wearing studded ChloƩ boots, but both dresses would be great with black single sole pumps like this chic pair by Steve Madden.

LC Lauren Conrad Minnie Mouse Collection open back bow dress

LC Lauren Conrad Minnie Mouse Collection open back dress with bow

A sneak peek of the polka dot soft shorts that I recently shared on my Facebook. The shorts run big, have a fun bow in the front, and two front pockets. There's a side zip, and they are really comfortable. They also come in navy. I like them styled with a crop top or blouse and simple ankle strap heels like this style by Steve Madden

LC Lauren Conrad Minnie Mouse Collection polka dot soft shorts

*Update - I visited a second store with more pieces and tried on some looks.

Below: the polka dot top is a lightweight polyester (prone to static but not wrinkling). It runs big and I'm wearing XS. It's comfortable and easy to slip on over your head without undoing the button in the back of the neck. I'm wearing it several different ways to show its versatility. I also have on the polka dot shorts in XS. 

LC Lauren Conrad Minnie Mouse Navy Polka Dot top and shorts

Below on the left is the Minnie Mouse crinkle print top (which runs big) with the bow shorts. The bow print navy top in the middle is the same style and fabric as on the left. Both tops have a crinkle texture made of soft, lightweight rayon. On the right is the same polka dot top as above, just in a more sheer red and white colorway. I prefer the navy version because of the sheer factor.

LC Lauren Conrad Minnie Mouse polka dot Shorts

Below, a look at the crinkled navy bow print blouse in more detail. How pretty is the pleated detail on the sleeves? This is definitely a favorite of mine. I love it with denim, pleated skirts, or tailored shorts for summer.

LC Lauren Conrad Minnie Mouse navy bow print crinkle Blouse

Here's the same blouse in a different print. I really love how the print is a hybrid of a floral and a miniature Minnie Mouse graphic. It looks like a floral until you really inspect it up close.

LC Lauren Conrad Minnie Mouse crinkle Blouse

Here's a look at how I wore the red polka dot shorts today on The Key To Chic

LC Lauren Conrad red polka dot soft shorts with AG Jeans Robyn denim jacket and heels

If you love Minnie Mouse and polka dot prints, this collection is for you. I'm looking forward to seeing more as it lands in stores this month.

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