It’s Almost Caturday

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When I saw this dress on ASOS a few years ago I knew I had to have it. I don’t know if you guys know this, but I come from a long, proud line of cat ladies. This print was just perfect with the tiny orange kitties and the leather Peter Pan collar. The fit is flattering as can be, and it is just such a fun and flouncy little number. I love this dress because it can be edgy with the leather, but still just downright adorable. If I had to define my personal style I would say it was just that–edgy with a touch of adorable. This dress, unfortunately is an old piece, but I have compiled my favorite playful pieces that I still think are wearable–shop below! Happy Friday Lovecats (pun intended)!

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From Head to Toe:

Dress: ASOS (Old), Bag: ASOS, Sunnies: Elie Tahari, Shoes: H&M

Photos by Brittanny Taylor

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Cupcakes//Pineapples//Cats//Zebras

 

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Classic Looks that Flatter Everyone

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Skinny jeans, heels and a flowy top make a universally classy and flattering ensemble for any occasion. The jeans and heels lengthen and slim the silhouette, while the flowy top creates an illusion of effortlessness. Furthermore, this is a great look for nights out when you want to look pulled together, but also be comfortable (a.k.a. you are planning on eating a lot of food and want to hide that food baby). A long tunic can be worn so many ways, and fits literally every body type. I think it is totally worth investing in several of them. This one is from H&M and was relatively inexpensive, but I have a closet full of these shirts to be slipped on at a moment’s notice. They are also so light and thin, perfect for layering in these last weeks of summer.

I am super sad that summer is ending, even though fashion week and my birthday are coming up. This summer has been sort of a strange and unexpected adventure. A lot has happened, some good and some bad. I’m looking forward to sharing some upcoming collabs, events, and projects with you all in the coming weeks! In the meantime, I hope you’re enjoying these last days of August!

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From Head to Toe:

Tunic: H&M, Jeans: Seven for all Mankind, Bag: Aldo, Necklace: Gift, Sunnies: Forever 21, Earrings: c/o Purdy Girl

Photos by Brittanny Taylor

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The Cara Skirt + Giveaway!

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I got this adorable fluttery little circle skirt from Yumi Kim a while ago and if pairs perfectly with a crop top! The heart print is super sweet, so I edged it up a bit with some transitional accessories and my new H&M slip-ons. I have worked with Yumi Kim a ton in the past (as seen here, here and here) and their silk pieces are endlessly flattering. This skirt is called the “Cara” skirt–what a coincidence–so I absolutely had to have it!

The fabulous ladies at Armed & Readi were sweet enough to gift me the perfect statement necklace and matching bracelets to complete this look. Armed & Readi is one of my favorite accessory brands for keeping up with the latest trends without breaking the bank. They have everything from this season’s best necklaces to perfect statement pieces to have on hand all year long. From delicate bangles to eye-catching baubles, I know if I need a certain color gem or style to complete my look, I can find it on their website. I love the pieces from this look because they can match literally everything. The interlocking chains have an edgy vibe, but they are glammed up with faceted jewels. I have an extra necklace and two extra bracelets to giveaway to my readers! To get all the deets about how to win, scroll to the end of the post! Make sure to check out the Armed & Readi website for more gorgeous styles!

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From Head to Toe:

Crop Top: H&M, Skirt: c/o Yumi Kim, Shoes: H&M, Bag: ASOS, Jewels: c/o Armed & Readi

Photos by Brittany Taylor.

To enter, simply “Follow” Armed & Readi and The Stylephile on Instagram and fill out the raffle below. I will be notifying the winner this Friday! Good luck Beauties!

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Emerald Accessories

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Last week I attended the Brahmin fall bag preview, and let me tell you ladies, you are in for a treat. Their signature leathers are in the most sumptuous of colors, and they have animal print and vintage inspired floral patterns that are too die for. You can check out the amazing new arrivals here. Brahmin is one of my favorite brands because I think their bags strike the perfect balance between luxury bags and affordable prices. The looks are always fun and modern, but also reflect a timelessness that transfers from season to season. My new Duxbury Foldover is a perfect fall color, but translates easily to the current season with the right dress. I paired it with some matching heels and went for the classic bag-matches-heels look. The bag is just big enough to hold all of your daytime essentials, but small enough to be an elegant evening clutch. Shop my top picks from the Brahmin Fall 2014 collection at the end of the post!

As a side-note, doesn’t my photog Brittanny just get the absolute best shots of my dog? I know I may be slightly completely bias, but I have the most photogenic dog that has ever been on a blog. To check out more of Brittanny’s work you can visit her site here. Hope you all have fabulous weekends and soak up the last days of summer in style!

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From Head to Toe:

Bag: c/o Brahmin, Shoes: c/o Cynthia Rowley, Sunnies: Forever 21, Dress: Francesca’s Collections

Photos by Brittanny Taylor

My Brahmin Bag Must-Haves for Fall:

1. The Arden Satchel

2. Hudson Shoulder Bag

3. Cecelia Shoulder Bag

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Kale and Farro Abundance Bowl

If you have read my other recipe posts, you know I am the kind of cook that doesn’t really follow rules. I don’t measure things, I often wing recipes, and I thoughtlessly mess around with substitutions. That is what I love about the abundance bowl trend in cooking right now. One of my favorite food bloggers, Sarah of My New Roots has put together several seasonal recipes for abundance bowls, and they are all divine. Basically, with an abundance bowl you pick a grain and then add a bunch of whatever may be in season or in your fridge. I like this because it echoes my already improvisational cooking habits, but also because it is pretty hard to mess it up. Nothing is quicker, easier, or more delicious than a big bowl of stuff I already liked enough to buy in the first place.

This recipe is inspired a little by a meal my friend Lauren made for me several weeks ago. She mixed some veggies and citrus with millet and it was delicious. This week however, I really needed to go food shopping and I simply made what I had on hand. The results were delicious enough that I had to share!

photo(2)You will need:

  • 2 cups of farro (that yummy grain I went on about in my Watermelon Salad post)
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 1 chopped onion
  • A bunch of kale, chopped
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup of feta cheese
  • A sprinkling of toasted almonds (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

To Cook:

  1. Cook the farro according to the directions on the package and set aside.
  2. Generously oil a pan and add the carrots and saute on medium-high heat. Give them a minute or two and add the onion.
  3. As the onion and carrot start to brown at the chick pea, garlic, and kale. Stir occasionally and let cook for an additional 2-3 minutes or until kale begins to wilt and crisp.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and an additional pour of olive oil.
  5. Serve a heaping helping in a bowl and top with feta while still hot.
  6. Enjoy!

These are the perfect hearty, healthy meals for a lazy night in. Personally I can’t get enough of them. You could really use any grain, bean, veg combo, but I am really into this one right now!

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