Bomber Jacket Outfit of the Day

Fashion, Lifestyle, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style, Uncategorized

Hey, you guys welcome back to Fashion Fridays. So I’m going to keep this post pretty quick because I let time get away from me today and I still have quite a bit to do before my trip to Spain and I want to be done with all of the errand running by the end of this weekend.

So let’s jump right into this outfit of the day post! Once again, I was in Georgetown and wanted to take pictures of my super casual outfit. Honestly, I think the majority of my outfits are pretty casual, but that’s kind of how I like it.I wore my third favorite pair of jeans from American Eagle and paired it with a cropped tank top because it got really hot that afternoon. Although, I was still pretty hot because I was in black and dark wash jeans so that didn’t help all too much.

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However, the main attraction of this outfit is the bomber jacket that I purchased from Boohoo. I’m the worst because I am definitely not supposed to be buying fast fashion, but this was one of those times I had to suck it up. I had to suck it up because it’s kind of perfect for days that start off really cool and end up super hot and then end up cool by nightfall.

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The material of the jacket is pretty thin, but it’s also pretty decent quality considering I only paid $10 for it. Something I want to bring up in a post sometime soon is mixing fast fashion with slow fashion because it is pretty doable if you know what you’re trying to achieve. I also have to admit that Boohoo tends to have some pretty decent quality items for very cheap.

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Anyway, I finished off the outfit with my favorite black and white vans and went on about my day. Also, the sunglasses that I feel like have been in all of my outfits are Quay’s! Alright, I have to go now! Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

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Fall Transition Outfit of the Day

Fashion, Lifestyle, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style

Last night, I was thinking that I’d start making Fridays fashion Friday’s since it almost fall and that’s basically the best time of the year. I very much plan on posting a ton of outfit of the days this year on this here blog as well as on my Instagram. Anywho, let’s get on with today’s outfit of the day!

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Last week I was in Georgetown and really wanted to take pictures and explore the area. So I wore my beloved boyfriend jeans and my cropped hoodie. I then layered the hoodie with my faux leather jacket.

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Jeans: Lucky Brand

Hoodie: Forever 21

Jacket: TJMaxx

Shoes: Converse

Sunglasses: NastyGal

As for the shoes, I decided to go for my classic white high-top Chucks. I also tied the whole outfit together with sunglasses. I love wearing sunglasses as a necklace as well as their intended use.

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I may need to bring these Chucks back out more often because I’m kind of in love with them, but I’m also afraid to get them dirty. I think I’ll just have to suck that up and wear them anyway.

So that’s all for today. Check back in next Friday for another outfit of the day and check back in on Monday for another post!

ChelsiKay

 

Shopping for Better Quality Clothing

Fashion, Lifestyle, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style

Hello there, I hope everyone had a good weekend! I know I’m a little late posting today, but I was accumulating some things for this post.

So yesterday I ran across this blog post that was about trendy fast fashion. I’m a huge comments reader unfortunately and saw a comment that said us consumers should shop a little more sustainably and buy better quality clothes. Now you all know I DEFINITELY agree with this statement and was rooting for this person. However, people started to disagree with this person, saying that not everyone can afford designer clothing. Funny thing is, nobody ever mentioned designer clothing and this wasn’t the first time I’ve seen something like that.

First and foremost, shopping for better quality clothing isn’t usually expensive…depending on what your definition of expensive is. Also, shopping at a non-fast fashion place doesn’t automatically mean designer clothing. There are so many mid-range stores that one can shop in! I just wanted to take some time and post some stores that can be shopped at that are alternatives to fast fashion. Some of these stores are not necessarily sustainable, but they do sell better quality clothing.

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You guys know I love AE very very much. It’s the perfect place to find semi trendy clothing that’s decent quality and not overly expensive. These clothes will typically last you a good year to three years. They are almost always having a sale too!

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I’m still a pretty new Lulu’s shopper. The majority of these clothes are not the best quality, but not the worst either. However, they have a MADE IN USA section and yes the quality is much better in my opinion. Lulu’s items may last up to maybe a year or two.

 

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Ok, so I’m aware that Madewell may not be SUPER affordable, but there are items that actually are affordable as well as sale items. There are trendier items in this store as well as your staples. Madewell items should last from 2-5 years.

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I LOVE & Other Stories, but I wouldn’t call it affordable. To shop here…you may have to save a little to get just what you want. The quality of the clothing is pretty amazing in my opinion. When I do feel like splurging a little bit, this is my go to store. I personally think clothing from here could last a lifetime depending on the garment.

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If you want complete transparency and affordability (give or take some garments) then this is the place to shop. There really aren’t many trendy items here, but I would recommend shopping here for staples. The quality is pretty decent, however, the fit can be a bit strange depending on the garment.

Of course, there are many other stores to shop from that offer affordable, better quality clothing such as Target, Gap, Banana Republic, Urban Outfitters (certain brands), Asos (certain brands), thrift stores, local boutiques, and small online boutiques.

So that’s my post for today. There are other stores that aren’t necessarily fast fashion but are still pretty affordable. You don’t have to break your bank to shop for better quality and/or sustainably. Anyway, thanks for reading…check back for my post on Wednesday.

The Pop & Suki Camera Bag

Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style

Ok, so I never thought I’d be writing a post about a bag…like a whole post about a bag! For my birthday, my best friend got me the Pop & Suki camera bag which I have wanted for almost a year now. I was pretty close to purchasing it myself many times, but I would always put it off for something else. A couple of months ago I decided that I didn’t like the gold detailing and would prefer silver detailing instead. As soon as I saw it in person I fell in love ALL over again!

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Let me just say…pictures do not do this bag justice at all. If you’re on the fence about getting this bag, just do it because it is actually the coolest bag ever! I love that Pop & Suki sells different straps so that you can wear it as a fanny pack, a backpack or even a crossbody bag. They also sell accessories that you can personalize, such as key chains or charms.

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The quality is pretty great considering the price of the bag. The bag comes with a dust bag that comes in a box. The bag also already comes with a crossbody strap. At first, it seems like a pretty small bag, but it fits all of your essentials…as long as you don’t have big essentials.

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The personalization aspect of the company is what really won me over. Well, that and the way you can interchange the straps or add on charms and the such.

Throughout the week, I like to take the strap off and put it in my bigger tote bag so that my smaller things don’t get lost at the bottom of my bigger bag. I know it’s just like any ‘ol crossbody bag, but for some reason, there’s a certain pizzaz about this one. I think it might be the brand essence that takes this bag over the edge…the whole accessorizing an accessory aspect.

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The last and most obvious thing is that this bag is INCREDIBLY cute and goes with pretty much any outfit. The color my friend got for me is perfect…lavendar with pink undertones. The gold detailing doesn’t even bother me whatsoever!

I checked out the website earlier today and they have card holder…which I may have to get my hands on. Pop & Suki is really onto something and I’m in love with the brand so much!

Okay, that’s all today/tonight. Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

My Bralette Collection

Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, style

It’s not a secret to you all that I LOVE bralettes! I’m slowly trying to phase out all of my underwire bras for bralettes because they’re so much more comfortable and I also have little breast that more often than not, don’t need a real bra…or a bra at all.

However, bralettes are so fun and so pretty and I just would rather not go without!

So I wanted to share my little collection that I have because….why not?! I’m definitely a creature of habit when it comes to the kinds of bralettes I like. I prefer the triangle shaped ones over any other style just because they look best under most shirts in my opinion

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These two are my favorite right now, mostly because they’re black and black goes with pretty much everything! Also, I feel like a lighter color would show more dirt on it and that seems kind of icky. The top one is from Amazon and is really one of those bralettes that are meant to be seen. The bottom one is from American Eagle or Aerie and is extremely soft and almost feels non-existent when worn. Also, Aerie offers bralettes for the more bigger busted girls…so if you’re in that category then go check them out.

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These two babies are from Urban Outfitters. I don’t know whose slaying the game better – American Eagle or Urban Outfitters. I will say UO has more sleek, non-lacey bralettes than AE does, but that’s really all about preference. The rose pink one feels like my skin in a way…needless to say, I can wait to wear that one out! The scalloped bralette is just the perfect kind of detail AND it’s seamless. Maybe UO is winning this bralette game…for now anyway.

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So this is my bralette collection that I just had to share with you all! I’m probably going to be expanding it, so I may just have to do an update in the future. I think I’ll also try out some different styles other than the triangle shape. Maybe my next one will be halter or a racerback…we’ll just have to see. Thanks for reading as always.

ChelsiKay

A Post about a Pool Party

Lifestyle, simplicity, Travel, Uncategorized

Happy Monday everyone! So far my summer has been going so well and it’s only the beginning. I’ve already been to the beach and I’m fully enjoying the rooftops that D.C. has to offer.

Yesterday I went to this really fun pool party that was also on a rooftop….that’s like the best of both worlds for me! It was extremely hot and pretty crowded, but it was a pre 4th of July party. I wish I would have gotten more pictures of the party but I was having way too much fun.

Of course, I brought along my little red bag that my mom gave to me from her PopSugar Box (see: A post about the Beach) and my handy dandy Instax camera. I think I’ll be documenting the majority of my summer with this baby.

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So the rooftop pool party was at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel in D.C. The event is called SiP and Dip and they have this event almost every Sunday in the summertime. I could most definitely go again to get better pictures.

The cost to get in was $20 for general admission and $200 for a table. I went with general admission since I was probably going to be in the pool the majority of the time anyway. The rail drinks were a bit expensive, but if you’re a beer drinker then it’s your lucky day.

The day was just so much fun and I think it’s really important to unwind in your life. Being by the pool and relaxing and being around friends was just so nice for a Sunday afternoon. I wanted to talk about more local things in my area especially since I’m just diving in this summer! Thanks for reading as always.

ChelsiKay

Fridaze Outfit of the Day + Hair

Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style

Today is a really good day so far! It’s a nice mild cloudy day with a slight breeze. There is nothing I love more than overcast weather…I know, I’m weird for liking slightly gloomy weather. That’s me though!

One of the reasons today is such a good day is because my hair looks pretty damn good. I even posted it on Instagram.

Today I went with a pair of dark wash blue jeans and a royal blue top along with a hooded kimono/cardigan. I’ve been gravitating towards this color blue this whole season…I’m honestly not sure why either.

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Top: Francesca’s 

Jeans: American Eagle

Sandals: Sam Edelman 

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I love (faux) silk tops for breezy, mild days like today. They’re so effortless and simple, but can easily be dressed up or down…I think I may need a few more in more colors – preferably neutral colors.

Well, that’s all for this wonderful Friday, I hope you guys enjoyed this week’s posts because I sure loved writing them!

ChelsiKay

 

Boyfriend Jeans Outfit of the Day

Fashion, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a fashion post so why not now? I think the rest of the week and next Monday I will be posting just fashion…unless of course that changes. Okay now onto the outfit!

So, it’s a really mild day today, in fact, it’s pretty chilly out. I decided to where my new Lucky Brand boyfriend jeans that I am so in love with and a long sleeve black shirt. I also grabbed my new North Face rain coat and slid into my gray Zara sneakers. Obviously, I didn’t do it up with my outfit, but I LOVE this look because it’s still so chic yet comfortable.

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I didn’t realize how much I needed boyfriend jeans until I actually had them. I love how they can go with just about anything, including heels or a nice crop top.

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I also didn’t realize how essential a raincoat was until I didn’t have one for the last two years. Fun fact about me, I lose umbrellas like nobody’s business. I just purchased an umbrella about three weeks ago and I’m pretty sure it’s lost into oblivion.

I’ve worn this look so many times already and I just can’t get enough of it. I really am excited to change it up as it gets a little bit warmer. I’ll be sure to keep you guys in the loop when I do.

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ChelsiKay

 

Welcome to D.C., Ladurée

Fashion, Lifestyle, simplicity, style, Uncategorized

About two weeks ago Ladurée opened up in Georgetown, D.C. I think we all know that that is a blogger’s paradise. I’m honestly not one to be attracted to places like that other than the macarons of course. However, I really enjoyed my time at the Parisian tea room. I wish I would have taken more pictures of the décor because it was so bright and different from other places in D.C. I plan to go again, so I’ll take more pictures next time.

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Since I consider myself kind of a foodie (how pretentious of me) I mainly took photos of the food and the way it was presented. So I’m not great at French so I’m going to just say what I got in English. I ordered boiled eggs over toast and truffle potato bites.

The food was so fresh and flavorful but that was to be expected from a place like this! Of course, I had to get some macarons, not to be confused with macaroons. I was surprised because Olivia Macaron tastes so similar to the Ladurée macarons. If you like Ladurée macarons then you’ll like Olivia’s too.

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So, not only did they open a location in Georgetown they opened one in Union Station as well. It’s a small little kiosk that can almost barely be seen, but it’s there! So that’s all today. I thought I would take you on a small journey into D.C. life! Oh and let me just include my outfit and then I’m signing off!

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ChelsiKay

Mini Lulu’s Haul

Fashion, Lifestyle, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style

Sometime this month I have a trip planned to go to Miami! I’ll still be blogging, so don’t worry! I’m celebrating my dad’s birthday as well as going on a mini vacation. I am beyond excited because I’ve never been to Miami before and I hear (and see) that it’s pretty great.

When I found out that these were the plans, my inner fashionista came out to play and damn near ruined my slow fashion journey. Don’t worry, I didn’t go out and buy a bunch of dresses, crop tops and shorts…but I did buy SOME items.

Since I am going on a little vacation and also plan to go on another one later this year, I decided to shop at Lulu’s. Lulu’s has some amazing pieces that are trendy(ish) and stylish. I’d consider shopping there for other pieces throughout the year as well.

I ordered three items that I can wear part of the year and are just my style of course! I bought two dresses and a romper that are amazing summer pieces AND vacation pieces.

The first one is this cute chambray like dress that has a triangle bodice and an empire waist. Normally I don’t really like empire waist garments, but this is a very flattering dress I must say! It’s on the shorter side and it’s backless, but hey, I’m going to MIAMI TRICK!

The next garment is a romper that has these navy blue striated vertical stripes. I adore stripes of all kind so this was a must-have! This is another backless piece that I think is the most stylish out of them all. I would pair this with some brown espadrille wedges and go to a nice lunch.

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Of course, I saved the best for last – a cute t-shirt like dress that I know I’m going to live in the majority of the summer. The best part about this dress is that it’s made in the USA! Technically, it’s slow fashion or at least ethical fashion! YAY! Lulu’s has a ton of items that are made in the USA – just type it in their search bar and you’ll see! This is a simple blue dress that’s sexy yet casual and has a kind of a racerback thing going on.

Those are all the pieces I purchased – now all I need is a swimsuit and I’m set! Should I go for a cute little one piece number?

I don’t know if you noticed but all the items are blue or have blue on them and that was all by accident! I guess I like blue for the summer!

Thanks for reading!!!

ChelsiKay