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{Graffiti} This Is Halloween

October 19, 2014 in Graffiti: Arts & Culture by Stephanie Campbell

{Graffiti} This Is Halloween - Carving Pumpkins and Cooking Pumpkin Seeds

This year we finally made time to carve a pumpkin! We had our dose of pumpkin spice lattes, we switched our tanks and shorts to match #sweaterweather, and we picked out the perfect pumpkin. Carving and cider only seemed like the logical next step.

First step to carving a pumpkin is to OBVIOUSLY…name it. Ours? Winston.

{Graffiti} This Is Halloween - Carving Pumpkins and Cooking Pumpkin Seeds

{Graffiti} This Is Halloween - Carving Pumpkins and Cooking Pumpkin Seeds

How To Cook Pumpkin Seeds Quick Recipe: After sloppily digging out the innards of your soon to be creatively carved pumpkin, rinse the seeds in a colander. Pat them dry, place them in a bowl, and mix in two tablespoons of canola oil. Distribute the seeds on a cookie sheet and sprinkle your desired amount of salt on top for taste. Bake for 45 minutes in a pre-heated oven at 325 degrees. Keep reading to see the end result! Delicious.

{Graffiti} This Is Halloween - Carving Pumpkins and Cooking Pumpkin Seeds

{Graffiti} This Is Halloween - Carving Pumpkins and Cooking Pumpkin Seeds

While the seeds slowly cooked we took the next steps in giving our pumpkin a bit more…character.

I left the design up to el novio. We were torn behind  Jack Skellington and Spiderman. Jack it is!

{Graffiti} This Is Halloween - Carving Pumpkins and Cooking Pumpkin Seeds

40 minutes later and the pumpkin seeds are ready!

{Graffiti} This Is Halloween - Carving Pumpkins and Cooking Pumpkin Seeds

BOO! What design are you carving this year? Share below!

{Graffiti} This Is Halloween - Carving Pumpkins and Cooking Pumpkin Seeds

 xoxoStephanie

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{Glam} Hello, Fall

October 15, 2014 in Glam: Style & Trends by Stephanie Campbell

Hello, Fall - Glam and Graffiti Fashion Blogger

Is it just me or is society crushing on fall? October 1st was practically a national holiday on Instagram. “October”, “First Day of October”, and “Fall” was trending on Twitter and pumpkin spice lattes (ahem, I’m sorry…#PSLs) became the new North Face. And you know what? I think I have fall fever too. Pumpkin picking, #SweaterWeather, layers, crunchy leaves… I want it all!

I took a cue from the changing weather and mixed my favorite layers for my first fall #OOTD. Knee-highs? Yes. Floppy Wool Hat? Check! Short 3/4 sleeve dress? Oh ya. This playful combination is a perfect look for apple picking, haunted house bravery, and pumpkin beer drinking.

And, have you noticed my new tats? Don’t worry Mom, they are only temporary. (Or are they?) These Flash Tattoos were way too much fun! You’ll see more of them soon. Promise!

Hello, Fall - Glam and Graffiti Fashion Blogger

Hello, Fall - Glam and Graffiti Fashion Blogger

Dress, Forever 21 | Hat, Nordstrom | Boots, DSW 

Hello, Fall - Glam and Graffiti Fashion Blogger

What are your favorite fall traditions? Comment below!

 xoxoStephanie

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{Glam} How To: Rock Menswear Like A Lady

September 17, 2014 in Glam: Style & Trends by Stephanie Campbell

{Glam} How To: Rock Menswear Like A Lady

Let’s get down to business. This white and black blazer is one of my favorite pinstripe pieces. Okay, it’s my only pinstripe piece. With it’s sharp silhouette, this menswear blazer can sometimes be quite the show-stopper. First, I paired it with my new favorite black harem-style pants. ($10 at Zara!) I loved the idea of styling a complete suit. What I add next is what makes or breaks it. And, what is necessary is a little skin. Thus, I completed the look with a long-line bralette and my favorite new stilettos.

Borrowing from the boys can be a challenge, but with it comes some of my favorite trends for the fall season: blazers and trousers, but also loafers, long socks, oxford shirt, and varsity jackets.

{Glam} How To: Rock Menswear Like A Lady

Blazer, Ralph Lauren | Trousers, Zara | Shoes, Macys | Purse, Black House White Market

{Glam} How To: Rock Menswear Like A Lady

{Glam} How To: Rock Menswear Like A Lady

How would you rock menswear? Comment below!

xoxoStephanie

{Glam} Blue Collar

August 24, 2014 in Glam: Style & Trends by Stephanie Campbell

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Want to hear a romantic tale? I fell in love with this navy lace skirt, tried it on, and raced to the check out to add it to my life and closet forever. It’s a week later and we’re already living happily ever after.

What made this new found item so coveted? It can go with anything. This trip was spurred on by a recent mission of mine: to fill an empty void of my own office wardrobe. While a crisp oxford button-up is my usual go-to with a pencil skirt, I switched it out for a more casual chambray. We’ve chatted about denim before…it’s a look that never goes out of season!

{Glam} Blue Collar

Shoes, ALDO | Handbag, Michael Kors

{Glam} Blue Collar  Shirt, Aeropostale | Skirt, Ann Taylor
{Glam} Blue Collar

{Glam} Blue Collar

{Glam} Blue Collar What’s your favorite office-ready outfit? Comment below!
xoxoStephanie

{Glam} Leggings Are Not Pants

August 19, 2014 in Glam: Style & Trends by Stephanie Campbell

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Leggings are not pants. Leggings are not pants. These are the words that I hope to leave with you today. Let’s start with the basics. Yes, leggings are comfortable, cozy little things that look like pants, they sometimes even feel like pants, but no they aren’t pants. We’ve seen it all. And, by we, I don’t mean the fashion community, I mean your neighbor, your friends, and (gasp) possibly your colleagues at work and school. And, we get it. They are easy to wear, they are mostly black, (and you know that’s a favorite hue of mine), they match back to everything , and did I already mention that they are super comfortable? So…what’s the problem?

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Here’s the problem. [Please see intensely designed bar graph above labeled A1.] Sometimes the legging fabric stretches and you can see through it. Simple as that. Almost like stockings…or tights! See the subtle difference between the level of thickness in stockings and leggings above that I so neatly point out? Now compare that to the more sudden discrepancy between leggings and jeggings. (I won’t even compare the Leggings bar to the Jeans bar, I know you see it.) There is a very thin, pun intended, line when it comes to wearing your leggings and making sure they are not considered stockings. If you are hitting the gym or rolling into the yoga studio early in the morning, give your bum a quick check in the mirror. If you can see any undie or skin showing through your leggings…they are too thin!

This is not your fault, it’s the leggings’ fault! Try the next size up OR try a different brand! There are a lot of fitness leggings, also know as activewear, that are great quality. Looking for a pair to wear out? Pick a fabulous legging that is a bit thicker such as this Moto Legging or this  pair! These can add a bit more definition to an otherwise thinner legging meant solely for loungewear, not the public eye.

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Now let’s say you do want to rock a legging. You’re thinking, “Geez louise, Steph, back off my pretty little pants.” No problem! My favorite way to wear leggings is to layer them. As fall quickly approaches, one of my #OOTDs is combat boots, a pair of leggings, and an oversized cardigan or sweater. The key? To cover my tail. And, I have to admit, I don’t have a lot to hide. But I like to use the cardigan to cover my backside, just in case the undie rebels or if my leggings are just too tight. (And, let’s admit it…all leggings are too tight. They are literally just a bit of thin fabric coating our legs.)

A great way to style them? Oversized or hi-lo tops. My favorite at the moment are actually from AEO and Aerie. Yes, I do work for them, but I got very excited when I tried on their new “legging tee”. Why? Because they are normal t-shirts that are just a tad bit longer in the back! Suddenly, I find myself now wanting to sneak leggings into my work outfit…everyday.

The printed leggings I’m rocking in today’s post are my all-time new obsession. The thicker fabric gives me an ounce of confidence while the print proves them to be a bit more trendy than my at home/yoga legging.

Leggings will be big this fall season so prepare to see them everywhere! And, that’s the goal! To see the legging, and nothing else underneath.

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Hat: Urban Outfitters | Top and Leggings: AEO | Shoes: Nine West

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{Glam} Color of the Year

July 13, 2014 in Glam: Style & Trends by Stephanie Campbell

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This year’s color of the year?  Radiant Orchid! Pantone shares, “It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple – one that draws you in with its beguiling charm. A captivating harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid emanates great joy, love and health.”

While I am not one to rock a “fuchsia” or a “pink” – there is something about “Radiant Orchid” that feels just right. In the past, Pantone’s Annual Choice spurred a tangerine and an emerald. Two colors that are just asking for trouble. (I can still safely assure you I have neither in my closet. Maybe a hunter green.)

This friendly hue is a lot easier for all women to wear. It compliments all skin tones and is a bit more soft and subtle, but just as colorful as it’s predecessors.

Prepare to see this color pop up in your best friend’s wedding this fall, your co-worker’s new handbag, and even in your own home! Don’t be afraid to give it a go… this pretty purple will transcend each season, so it won’t go out of style anytime soon.

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{Shift Dress, American Eagle Outfitters | Booties, DSW}

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How you will wear this year’s biggest color? Comment below!

 xoxoStephanie

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{Graffiti} Summer Beauty Essentials + How To Use Coconut Oil

June 8, 2014 in Graffiti: Arts & Culture by Stephanie Campbell

{Graffiti} Summer Beauty Essentials + How To Use Coconut Oil

Next to fashion and beauty, food is probably my most favorite thing to photograph or discuss. While there are plenty of uses for coconut oil in the kitchen (most recently I have started using Coconut Butter Spread and highly recommend it) I brought this food fad into my beauty routine.

My summer beauty essentials are always changing. One summer my go-to’s were just 1 coat of mascara, tinted moisturizer, and plenty of SPF. (I was playing a lot of tennis.)  Another summer it was all about creating a waterproof shield on my face and beating the heat. This never works well of course. The second you jump into that pool you know 2 seconds later you are turning to your best friend and asking her how badly your eyeliner collected at your cheeks and chin.

This summer is all about protecting your natural beauty. While my days mainly consist of me spinning around in my office chair with weekend getaways, I have had a bit of a calmer and more controlled environment to test a few new goods. This summer’s current picks in addition to Coconut Oil? EOS Lip Balm, Estée Lauder Bronze Goddess, MAC Lipstick, and Organix Sea Mineral Moisture Weightless Replenishing Spray. The real question though…is HOW do you use this jar of coconut goodness without feeling like an oily mess? Is it as disgusting as it looks? The answer to that is thankfully, no. Read on below to learn how to rock this summer’s newest beauty fad!

{Graffiti} Summer Beauty Essentials + How To Use Coconut Oil

[Face] Yes! You can use Coconut Oil on your face. And, no…you will not break out. I used the back of my thumbnail and took out a little less than a dime size. Then, I rubbed it between my fingers. You’ll find it immediately loses its rough consistency and becomes the oil that you expected. Last but not least, apply! It’s definitely odd to have your face uber shiny and not expect your face to break out like you jumped back to high school…but trust me, it’s worth the try. Smooth and soft skin ahead!

[Body] Apply right after showering! Again, use the back of your thumb nail to get out just the right amount. I would refrain from hopping straight into your sheets at night and let the oil dry just a bit before you doze off.

[Hair] I have used Coconut Oil in a few different ways when it comes to my messy locks. On a daily basis I love to use it to tame flyaways, de-frizz, and to keep an eye on split-ends. My favorite technique thus far? Leave-in Overnight Conditioner. Most recently I experimented and applied a relatively sizable amount on my hair before I went to bed, focusing on my ends. Then, I wrapped it up in an old cotton t-shirt and hit the hay. The next morning I woke up and washed it out. I must admit I didn’t see an immediate difference. But a few days later I was surprised by the softness of my hair and how nicely it laid. Bottom line? Go for it!

Have you tried Coconut Oil? Share your tips below!

 xoxoStephanie

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