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Island paradise to the streets of Silicon Valley

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fall 2019 it bags

Outfit details: pearl earrings (similar here) / sunglasses / summer lipstick / white tee / palm print kimono (on major sale!) / snake belt / dark wash skinny jeans / nail polish / bold ring / Chloe bag / black espadrille mules / Hawaii outfit details here.

This kimono was so much fun to wear in Hawaii. I kept getting compliments on the street when I wore it, and perfect strangers don’t compliment my outfits very often!

When I got back home, I found myself reaching for this kimono often. Turns out, it’s perfect for spicing up jeans and a tee; you know I am always trying to level up basic jeans and a tee! This kimono is perfect; plus it’s super soft and comfortable. Love that!

To make this tropical kimono look right on the streets of Silicon Valley, I switched to a leather bag, ditched the hat, and wore more understated jewelry. Worked like a charm! I’m getting compliments on this kimono when I wear it here at home too. This is definitely my favorite piece of the year! Love love love!

how to wear palm print in the city

There is nothing I love more than getting complimented on something I wear. Don’t we all put effort into our looks? It’s nice when people notice. I always try to compliment strangers when I like something they are wearing, sometimes it’s tough to remember. Since this kimono gets a lot of attention, I am making more of an effort to remember to let people know they look good. Sometimes a little compliment can help someone have a better day.

Shop my tropical palm print kimono look:

Do you have something people compliment you on often? Please share in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO
Cathy

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NYFW street style: big girl barrettes

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pictured: wearing three vintage barrettes circa 1990s. See full post.

The 1990s are one of the current decades of influence when it comes to both runway trends, and street style trends. One of my favorite trends in the 1990s was to wear big girl barrettes. It is such an easy way to pull back your hair; especially coming off the big hair trend from the 1980s and very early 1990s. At that time, we wore lots of hairspray to create hair-styles which were quite high maintenance. While barrettes can appear to be a lot of effort, they are really easy to put on, and adjust throughout the day; unlike big hair finished with half a can of hairspray. Three cheers for ditching hairspray in the mid-1990s!

Since I knew this trend was hot and current, I decided to bring a few barrettes I kept from the 1990s. I spent money on them back in the day, and since I loved them so much, and they are small, it was easy for me to keep them tucked into the back of my jewelry box. I have found over the years, if you love something, and it goes out of style, but you can’t bear to part with it; just store it! Everything old becomes new again, and there is nothing more fabulous than your own vintage items. That being said. . .let’s get back to talking about barrettes!

Big girl barrettes were everywhere on the streets of New York Fashion Week. While you didn’t see them on the runways, they were a runway trend from 2017, they have finally caught on and hit the streets. The most popular way to wear 1990s-style barrettes on the streets of fashion week, was far from the way we wore them in the 1990s. In the ’90’s we wore one to three barrettes on one or both sides of our head, up high towards our part; side part to be exact. In 2019, the barrettes are being worn down low, just above the ear. Instead of wearing them on both sides, this time around only one side of your head should have a barrette.

The barrettes must match! The most popular barrette style was to wear two matching barrettes side-by-side, just above the ear. In the 1990s we wore coordinating barrettes that played well together. Now, in 2019, if you wear more than one barrette they need to be exactly the same. I guess I missed the mark on that one since I blended three different barrettes together; hey, at least I wore them above my ear! So, I was only 50% wrong. haha If it weren’t for my friend Laura from Have-Need-Want, I would have worn them ’90’s style, close up to my part. She schooled me right away. haha, thanks Laura!

Here are examples of how to properly wear big girl barrettes:

Of course, you can wear one barrette by itself too. It must be worn just above the ear; no-where near your part. Another option is to wear a low ponytail and fasten it with a barrette. This is a vintage hairstyle which became popular in the 1970s and lasted through to the 1990s. Of course, in the 1980s, if your ponytail was fastened with a barrette, there was a giant bow attached to it. haha So many bows in the 1980s! But I digress. . .

The types of barrettes worn on the streets of New York Fashion Week included sparkling rectangles, oversize snap barrettes, circles, and barrettes adorned in pearls. So, if you are looking to find the perfect barrette to wear right now, these are the styles to look out for! I found a few fabulous ones which evoke NYFW street style vibes online and assembled them into the shopping widgets below. I hope you love them!

What do you think of the big girl barrette trend to wear right now? Will you be rocking it?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy


NYFW street style handbags fall 2019: YSL shoulder bags

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pictured: YSL handbag worn by Kali of In-Spades / location: Spring Studios New York

OK, so I took a ton of notes at fashion week to see which handbags were hot on the street. Unfortunately, I was so busy taking notes, I failed to snap a bunch of photos! Man, I am out of practice! Thankfully, I had enough sense to get this one photo of a YSL shoulder bag carried by Kali of In Spade Blog before the Nonie runway show at Spring Studios.

Every season there are several handbags which are favored by guests of New York Fashion Week. This season there seemed to be an overwhelming presence of YSL shoulder bags. By overwhelming, I mean you could hardly find any other trend in handbags on the street. This was the bag style favored by the fashion set.

While there wasn’t one stand-out YSL shoulder bag style, there was a general sense that you needed a YSL shoulder bag in your life; any style or model would do. Of course, with any trend, there are a few rules. The YSL shoulder bag could not be jumbo, or on the large side. The New York Fashion Week street style handbags rule of thumb this season was small, or medium; nothing large. Your YSL bag should be small or medium; and if your bag was not YSL, it should still be small or medium. Not nano, large, or jumbo; just small or medium. You should be able to fit your wallet, sunglasses and phone inside your handbag, if not, your bag is too small.

In addition to YSL shoulder bags, there were several versions of square handbags, train cases, and small lady bags on the streets of New York Fashion Week. Handbags offered nontraditional shapes, and were free of logos. PVC handbags were also prominent on the streets of New York Fashion Week. Also, anyone carrying Louis Vuitton was not carrying the monogram vernis. They were carrying LV bags which were recognizable, but free of logos. Take note.

Shop YSL shoulder bags online:

Shop other popular New York Fashion Week street style handbags online:

What do you think of the YSL shoulder bag trend? Are you loving it, or do you prefer one of the other street style handbag trends from New York Fashion Week?

Thanks for stopping by!

XOXO

Cathy