OOTD: Monochromatic Polkadots & Stripes

#monochromatic #stripes and #polkadots #grid #blackandwhite #ootd #outfitinspiration

#monochromatic #stripes and #polkadots #grid #blackandwhite #ootd #outfitinspiration

#monochromatic #stripes and #polkadots #grid #blackandwhite #ootd #outfitinspiration

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What I Wore: TOP: Michael Kors | SKIRT: Forever21 | SUNGLASSES: c/o Lucy Mint | BRACELET: Hanjiun Designs | HEELS: BCBG | NECKLACE: c/o Lucy Mint

I’m a huge fan of the recent comeback of the whole monochromatic look – it’s just so classy, don’t you think? Instead of layering simple black and white pieces together, I challenged myself to rock the stripes and polkadot pattern mixing trend as well. I must say, I’m quite pleased with the outcome! What do you think? Comment below!

Here are my rules for how to wear stripes and polkadots together:

- Scale 

There’s nothing worse than oversized dots and wide stripes taking over your entire look! The same can be said for microdots and tiny stripes – talk about a headache! When you’re ready to mix prints you have a couple of things to pay attention to, the most important o which is scale.

Pick either the large dots with small stripes or the wide stripes and small polka dots. By playing with the scale of each print you allow one to be the spotlight and the other to be a subtle compliment.

- Color

These prints play best together when they are of the same family group. Keep in mind that anything can be mixed against black, white, or nude, since these are the basic neutrals. When you keep it in the same color scheme there is a better chance of the look being perceived as cohesive and not mismatched or worse yet, clashing.

Stripes on Stripes / Dots on Dots

A word on mixing two different styles of stripes or dots: First off, if you’re going to double up on stripes, choose either vertical or horizontal. If you choose to intermix both vertical and horizontal lines, I guarantee you will look very confusing.  The same rules of scale and color apply to doubling up on these prints.

xo, Kate

*Disclaimer: Some of the items featured in this outfit were gifted, however all opinions expressed are my own. Please see my policies page for more details. Thank you!*

OOTD: Pops of Colors

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What I Wore: DRESS: available in my Poshmark closet | SUNGLASSES: via PacSun | NECKLACE: available in my Poshmark closet | CLUTCH: Marc Jacobs c/o Marshalls | HEELS: BCBG

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I’m a big fan of the whole ‘add a pop of color’ styling – aren’t you? Sporting an all black outfit can be deliciously sexy, but I was feeling too playful since picking up these adorable heart sunnies from PacSun recently! How do you add pops of color into your outfits? Comment below with your ideas!

xo, Kate

xo, Kate

*Disclaimer: Some of the items featured in this outfit were gifted, however all opinions expressed are my own. Please see my policies page for more details. Thank you!*

OOTD: I Have Nothing To Wear

@wearinla wearing @9thelm tee {9thelm.com} | @moddeals skirt {moddeals.com} | bag available for purchase on @poshmark in @wearinla 's closet #shopmycloset

@wearinla wearing @9thelm tee {9thelm.com} | @moddeals skirt {moddeals.com} | bag available for purchase on @poshmark in @wearinla 's closet #shopmycloset

@wearinla wearing @9thelm tee {9thelm.com} | @moddeals skirt {moddeals.com} | bag available for purchase on @poshmark in @wearinla 's closet #shopmycloset

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What I’m Wearing: TOP: ‘I Have Nothing To Wear’ Tee c/o 9th & Elm | SKIRT: via Deelux | SUNGLASSES: c/o ModDeals | BAG: Available in my Poshmark closet | FLATS: Old Navy via Poshmark | RING: via Forever 21

I have a big heart for independent designers who chase their dreams of creating and eventually turn it into a living – hey that’s what I’m doing, right? In celebration of my appreciation for all things handmade, I’ve partnered up with 9th & Elm to bring you this gorgeous outfit sporting one of their graphic tees {which you can totally rock too: find it here!}

I paired my trendy graphic tee with an adorable little skirt from Deelux, you know that awesome little shop in Claremont, CA, that I scored for $4! You know I’m always about getting a stylish deal when I’m out shopping! By the way, did you know that 9th & Elm has this top up on sale for $24 instead of $40? Such a deal! Be sure to check out all the gorgeous handmade and independent designs available on 9th & Elm to find new styles to fill your closet with!

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xo, Kate

*Disclaimer: Some of the items featured in this outfit were gifted, however all opinions expressed are my own. Please see my policies page for more details. Thank you!*

OOTD: Too Ugly For LA

@WearInLA wearing Tee c/o  @TooUglyForLA  & Sunglasses c/o @ZeroUV

 What I’m Wearing: TEE: c/o TooUglyForLA | SUNGLASSES: c/o ZeroUV | LEGGINGS: c/o Matty M | BAG: c/o Marshalls | FLATS: Old Navy | NAILS: Essie {shade: Master Plan}

 

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From within my beautiful swag bag, from the 5th Annual Two Point Oh LA’s Picnic this last weekend, emerged this sassy tee courtesy of Too Ugly For LA. First off, I love a great graphic tee, but one that straight up points a finger (the middle finger in this case) toward’s societies distorted view of beauty is the kind of meaningful graphic I’m into – plus this shirt is seriously the most comfortable thing ever.

IMG_7172Paired with stylish sunnies ala ZeroUV, also a fun find from my swag bag, this outfit made me challenge myself to be beautiful in a new way. Any other girls out there who part their hair the same exact way every single day for fear that parting it straight down the middle will look horrifically ugly? Hands up, I’m that girl! Not today – I parted my hair in the middle to channel a new look that I believe is beautiful, no matter what the mirror tries to whisper to me. Oh, and I dyed it super light this time around – actually a really great idea because I looooove it now!

IMG_7202IMG_7183Long story short, let this outfit inspire you to embrace who YOU are, not who your society says you are. YOU ARE FREAKING BEAUTIFUL! Okay, I’ve said my peace – man, there’s something empowering about writing about loving yourself on your birthday. Oh yea, that’s happening right now too.

Shameless happy birthday to me, love me!

 

xo, Kate

*Disclaimer: Some of the items featured in this outfit were gifted, however all opinions expressed are my own. Please see my policies page for more details. Thank you!*

OOTD: Leopard Print + Ammunition Jewelry

Buy this adorable #leopardprint dress from @WearInLA 's Poshmark Closet! | #ootd #leopardprint #fblogger IMG_5751 IMG_5743 IMG_5732 IMG_5729 IMG_5735   What I’m Wearing: NECKLACE: c/o Ammunition Jewelry | DRESS & BAG: {available in my Poshmark closet @wearinla} | SHOES: Sam Edelman | SUNGLASSES: via The Grove Vintage {in downtown Claremont, CA} | BRACELETS: c/o Bakers Shoes | EARRINGS: via Rocks Box

 

With a growing love for Rachel Zoe, one of Poshmark’s famed investors, I decided to do a shoot channeling my best Zoe look! With a Poshmark listing leopard printed dress (You can conveniently buy for $25 here! All sizes available!) as my base, I used this outfit as a way to show my adoration for Hollywood’s greatest stylist since it’s one of her favorite prints to wear.

Accessorized by a new-found collection, Ammunition Jewelry, which features handmade jewelry of crystals and bullet casing, I felt so bad ass in this outfit! Thanks A + J – you girls are too sweet! The beautiful girls behind the company so graciously gifted me one of their top designs that you too can get your hands on HERE! Be sure to check out their full collection to get your #BulletsForGood

xo, Kate

*Disclaimer: Some of the items featured in this outfit were gifted, however all opinions expressed are my own. Please see my policies page for more details. Thank you!*