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{Glam} Blue Collar

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

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
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{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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 xoxoStephanie

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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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{Glam} Step Into Spring

May 6, 2014 in Glam: Style & Trends by Stephanie Campbell

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Is that sunshine I feel? Hello, spring! Here in Pittsburgh, spring can take forever to finally arrive. When we have one day of 70 degree bliss, we clamor to turn any concrete surface into a sun bathing patio. We soak in the rays as much as we can ’til the next day…grey, 20 degrees cooler, and raining. To ease into spring, I’ve made a switch to a new pair of gladiator sandals, and have stocked up on a light pair of harem pants. A light jacket is a must for occasional May rain. My next move? Color. Lots of color.

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{Glam} Perfect Contrast

April 6, 2014 in Glam: Style & Trends by Stephanie Campbell

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This power couple of colors can’t be beat. For a woman who has never owned a pair of white pants, I would never say never to a pair of black with a splash of white. We know florals will be back for spring, but let’s take it up a notch with contrasting hues. With a drop waist and a polar pattern, this romper makes dressing a breeze and is just as, if not more comfortable, than your favorite spring dress.

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Loafers | Target 

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Flower Headband | AEO 

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Romper | AEO 

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{Glam} Back to Black

March 2, 2014 in Glam: Style & Trends by Stephanie Campbell

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Let’s challenge our favorite go-to color in our closets. We’re looking at you, LBD! The little black dress is a fan favorite, but can we pair it with other black accessories without looking gothic? Of course!

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Choose monochromatic hues that compliment your personal style. While I love dressing in black from head-to-toe, my personality is definitely not one of a moody artist. Instead of instinctively going for a bright pop of color, play with a pattern, and look for fine details to feature with winter whites and shades of grey. My personal style touch for this Spring/ Summer 2014 favorite? A light grey winter beanie, laced up off-green heels, and a bit of gold glitter on my nails (for a dose of extra glam!)

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Midi Rings | Nordstrom 

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Shoes | DSW 

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Dress and Beanie| American Eagle Outfitters, Coat | Tahari, Crossbody Purse | Urban Outfitters 

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