Sunset Music Festival – Day 1

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Andi Bagus Halter | One Teaspoon Shorts | Steve Madden Boots | Forever 21 Headpiece and Bracelets | Vintage Belt | Urban Outfitters Sunnies – found in stores

Sunset Music Festival is finally here! I haven’t been to a festival since Mad Decent Block Party last August, so I’m so pumped for this. I took time to plan out my outfits in advance and had some pieces shipped in from Australia and Indonesia. I’m so excited to finally share them with you!

I decided to go with my signature color, black, for day one. Crochet tops are perfect for hot summer days, which is why I decided to wear this crop top from Andi Bagus. Andi Bagus is based in Indonesia and specializes in handmade vintage pieces ranging from tops to bikinis, bags, dresses and jewelry. Each piece is carefully handcrafted and unique, made by local artisans in Bali.

I paired my top with a pair of One Teaspoon shorts I’ve been lusting after for awhile. Flower crowns are a bit played out this year, so I opted for this silver chain headpiece from Forever 21 and matching bracelets. The belt is from a cute vintage shop, Framarines, on Etsy. I love it because it ties the whole outfit in together. Etsy is one of my favorite sites to shop for unique items because you can find just about anything! I literally typed in “vintage chain belt” into Google and this lovely gem popped up.

My boots are from Steve Madden, one of my favorite go-to shoe brands. He carries just about every style of shoe imaginable and they’re all reasonably priced. I’m so happy with this purchase because it’s taken me years to find a pair of good quality combat boots. I’ll definitely be rocking these all summer.

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Rag and Bone

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Rag & Bone Skinnies | Windsor Store V-neck | Gilly Hicks Denim Shirt – similar | Markkit Speedy Bag | Converse | Urban Outfitters Sunnies – similar here and here | Zara Cuffs

Back to the work week… Hope everyone had a relaxing weekend! I decided to try something different and go for a casual look this Monday with jeans and an oversized v-neck. I’ve been drawn to neutral palettes lately and I love the way the dark denim looks with the mocha tee. The denim shirt around my waist adds just the right pop of color.

This is my first pair of Rag and Bone jeans and I can definitely say I’m not disappointed in the least bit. Yes, they are quite the investment, but trust me, nothing beats a pair of high-quality jeans. I was skeptical about ordering them at first because this pair was only available online and I wasn’t sure how they’d fit. I’m really glad I took the chance on them because they fit me like a glove!

I’m very partial to dark jeans and this charcoal color is right up my alley. I’m not a huge fan of plain black jeans, but this color is dark enough to get that similar look, but still light enough to where you can see all the little details. I love these so much that this pair in sage just might be my next purchase from them this summer.

 

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On Fire

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Sao Skirt Maxi – sold out | Olive & Pique Hat | Forever 21 Necklace and Sandals

Sabo Skirt is a brand I’ve been watching closely for a few months through social media. I finally gave in and started ordering a lot of summer pieces from them this past month. It’s an Australian company owned by two ladies, Thessy and Yiota, who started out as marketing and property development students, but are now two up and coming entrepreneurs in the fashion industry. They started their shop from their home and kept all their stock in a spare bathroom and study when they first started out. Now, Sabo Skirt is one of the biggest global brands out there. You can read more about the dynamic duo in this interview with Popsugar. Expect to see a lot of great things from them in the near future.

All of their clothes are one of a kind, designed by both girls and made of high quality materials. What’s best about ordering from them is that right now, one U.S. dollar is worth 1.25 Australian dollars, so your total ends up being cheaper than what’s displayed on the site. I haven’t had any problems with shipping either – all my packages have arrived within two weeks of placing my order. If you have an online shopping addiction like I do, I highly recommend checking this company out.

What drew me to this dress were the side cutouts. They turn a plain black maxi into a bold statement piece. This outfit can be dressed up or down with the right accessories. I decided to pair it with this necklace for a look in between because it reminds me of the Dylanlex jewels I keep seeing all over Instagram. I would love to get my hands on one, but they’re way out of my price range. I love how big and chunky the are, they drastically change the look of any outfit.

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Boyfriend Jeans

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Brandy Melville Denim and Tee – available at select PacSun stores | zara Sandals | Aldo Bag | Vintage Necklace

After months of searching, I finally found the perfect pair of boyfriend jeans! I’ve tried so many pairs from different brands and hated the way they looked on me. I almost gave up on my search, but I gave in and decided to try on this pair a few weeks ago. They’re made by Brandy Melville, a brand I’ve admired for quite some time now and I found them at PacSun of all places.

I love these jeans because I didn’t have to size down or up to get the look I wanted. They’re so comfy and give your legs just the right amount of room to breathe. Distressed denim is one of my obsessions and these are ripped in all the right places. I paired them with a white tee and black sandals for a more casual look.

The necklace is my favorite part of this outfit. I was recently rummaging through my mom’s jewelry box on a recent trip back home and found this gem! I remember her wearing it in photos from the 90’s when I was a baby. It’s very lightweight and I love the bronze color. It’s the perfect necklace to help dress up a simple tee.

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#OURKSWISS

Zara Top | RVCA Shorts | Chinese Laundry Heels | Kirna Zabete for Target Bag | Forever 21 Necklace, Cuff and Bracelets

This post is part of my application for K-Swiss’ The Board, Diplo’s newest enterprising venture. K-Swiss was a leading sneaker company years ago and Diplo is calling 100 of the most creative people around the world to collaborate and bring the company back to the forefront. It’s so inspiring to see him taking on so many new projects in different industries, all while touring the world and still finding time to make new music.

I would dedicate all my spare time and energy to creating new ideas if I were selected to be a part of The Board. There’s so much I can learn from the online sessions that I can also apply to my life and the upcoming projects I have planned. This opportunity can really help me break into the fashion world and help me continue to grow as a professional.

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My name is Michelle and I’m a new fashion blogger residing in St. Petersburg, Florida. I’m currently working with a friend on starting up a promotion company called Tribe Entertainment and I’m exploring possibilities of establishing my own shop through my blog. I’ve had previous experience starting a business from the ground up – my first job out of college was opening up a cigar shop in downtown Tampa. Right now, I’m working as a marketing assistant for an aviation school. I enjoy it very much and it’s the perfect opportunity to start my career, but I’m still looking for my big break into the fashion industry, which has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl.

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I’m passionate about style and music and would love to find a way to intertwine the two together in a way that’s never been done before.

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My style can be described as classic, refined and edgy. I love bold prints, comfy knits, spikes, studs and anything leather. I try my best to keep up with current trends and brands, but most importantly, I dress for myself and how I feel in the moment. I am a glorified shoe addict – boots and sandals are my go-to’s, but since I am from Florida, I still love the laid back style of a classic sneaker. I even owned a pair of K-Swiss back in the day.

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I can impact the K-Swiss brand with my motivation, passion, ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit. I already have so many ideas in mind in regards to shoe design, social media and branding. I’m still trying to discover who I am and I know being a part of this project can help me learn a lot about myself. I finally have my life together, but I still feel like something is missing. I want to be a part of this project so I could show the world what I’m capable of.

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“Everyday people do everyday things, but I can’t be one of them.”
— Tove Lo
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The Dress

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zara dress | sarah j. curtis hat | michael kors sandals – similar here | faux leather clutch

I’m officially back from my hiatus! I took some time off from blogging to focus on my job and working out. I got approval to start working full-time in the beginning of the year and haven’t had much free time to shoot or put together outfits. I also wanted to scout out better locations to take photos since St. Pete has a lot of hidden gems scattered throughout the city. The best one I’ve found is this black brick wall, just a few minutes away from my house.

This dress is one of my favorite pieces in my closet right now. I saw it online at Zara and immediately knew I had to have it. I’ve been having a hard time finding dresses I like lately, but everything about this one is perfection. It’s light and made of linen – perfect for Florida summers. The embroidery also makes it so unique. I paired it with my Sarah J. Curtis hat and Michael Kors sandals to make the perfect “brunch” outfit.

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How Fashion is Taking Over the Music Scene

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With the close of the first weekend of Coachella comes a lot of style inspiration and outfit envy. Festival-goers (ladies especially) have been sporting carefully curated outfits, making sure to hop on the latest trends and brands to show off their personal style. They’re packing outfits not only for the festival, but for the after parties and pool parties too.

Even the fashion industry is cashing in on the music festival hype and taking advantage of this newfound “season.” Throughout the weekend, some notable fashion brands have hosted their own parties outside the festival, such as H&M Loves Coachella, Sabo Skirt’s Sabo Springs, People Style Watch & Revolve’s Festival x Fashion and Moschino Late Night, just to name a few. Most of these parties are invite only and guests lists range from musical artists to celebrities and fashion bloggers.

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Many brands including ASOS, Cleobella, Haute and Rebellious, Free People, H&M (who had a pop-up shop on Coachella’s grounds) and even Forever 21 are releasing festival lines, keeping up with the events going on around the country and all over the world and tailoring pieces to fit the weather in different areas.


“ASOS has a notably international customer base and aims to stock some kind of festival offering nearly year-round, with the bulk of product rolling in weekly between February and August. They tailor each delivery to the quirks of the concert schedule. For example, they push rainwear in their festival shop to coincide with the notoriously wet and muddy UK festivals; for the US and Australian festivals, where bad weather isn’t a concern, they focus on summery pieces.

Then there’s Forever 21, which starts rolling out festival merchandise in March specifically for SXSW. Most of the pieces sell in early spring, though vice president of merchandising Linda Chang notes that, “You’ll see more festival this fall as well, since boho is such a big trend.” Shopbop centers its festival hub page around Coachella, in terms of timing (early April) and aesthetic. “From an editorial position, we like to give it a more fun, shiny point of view, compared to, say, a wet disaster like Glastonbury,” explains fashion director Elle Strauss.”

— Nicola Fumo, The Music Festival Explosion and How Fashion is Cashing In, Racked


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Some of my favorite festival trends this season include, crochet tops, fringe bags, vintage belts, suede boots, ornate jewelry, funky sunglasses, rompers, matching sets, flowy sundresses, kimonos and gladiator sandals. Large Panama hats and chain headpieces are great alternatives to the played-out flower crowns.

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Festival Inspo

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Billabong Swim Top | RVCA Shorts | Sarah J. Curtis Hat | Sam Edelman Birks

Festival season is here! So excited to start outfit planning. This year I’ll be attending Sunset Music Fest and EDC Vegas. I wasn’t planning on going to SMF, but the lineup is killer. I’m excited to see Oliver Heldens, Cashmere Cat, Don Diablo, Keys N Krates, Tchami and Route 94. Can’t wait till the EDC lineup is released. I know it will be insane.

The hat is my favorite part of this flatlay. It’s a bit pricey ($240 to be exact – I loved it so much I was considering splurging), but I was able to snag it from my favorite blogger, Ivana Revic’s most recent sale for a quarter of the price. It’s a classic straw Panama hat with a wide brim, perfect for the beach. I paired it with a black swim top and denim shorts, because everyone knows you can’t go wrong with denim. I picked up the birks from Nordstrom Rack a few months ago and have been wearing them nonstop. They’re one of the comfiest sandals I’ve ever owned and I’m definitely thinking about buying another pair.

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Because it’s Wednesday…

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married to the mob tank | matte liquid leggings – similar | cut-out boots

I’ve been scouring the Internet for the past month for a pair of Jeffrey Campbell Everly booties and have had no luck. They’re sold out everywhere aside from a few sites based in the UK, but I didn’t want to risk ordering the wrong size or having to deal with customs fees.

Instead, I managed to track down this similar pair from ycmc.com at a fraction of the cost of the JC’s. I needed a new pair of boots and wanted to hop on the cut-out trend before it got too cold. I love how versatile this type of shoe is and can’t wait to style them with shorts or even a dress.

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