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Outsidelands 2016: StyleChat Edition 

If you’re a San Francisco native, a music lover, a festival lover, a combination of all three, or just the average fun-loving human, you will probably be in attendance at this year’s annual Outsidelands Music Festival from August 5-7.

With a week left until Ranger Dave welcomes us all into his loving lands of camaraderie, the tension is on to string together your funkiest fits.

Most likely, you A) have all of your outfits picked out B) have one or two cool pieces but nothing crazy or C) have a feeling you’ll be sporting your birthday suit during the 3 day extravaganza (it’s legal there).

If you’re an A person, well you’re an A person and you don’t need my help (go you). You B people, I understand your pain. At least you’re not completely lost? Now for all you C’s, listen and listen well. The key to serving looks at OSL is really quite simple; be yourself. That’s it! Fascinating, huh?

The beauty of OSL is that it is in San Francisco–a city built off of acceptance, funk, and freedom to dress however you please. Thus, the uniform for one of the city’s largest events is mirrored from SF’s greatest value:individuality.

With that being said, if you feel the need to drop $1,000 on some sweet ‘fits to feel yourself, do it! If you’re planning to dig into the chasm that is your mother’s closet, DO IT! There are no rules, no expectations, and no real judgments from anyone in the crowds. Take this festival weekend as an opportunity to really let yourself unwind–you know that Ranger Dave wouldn’t want it any other way.

As an OSL attendee, here are some pieces I’ve been scoping out to make me feel like myself all weekend long. OH and the best part about all of these looks: I shopped them all on the StyleChat app. It made my eclectic taste soo much easier to appease!

From top, left to right: Josefina Boyfriend With Destroy in Bright Blue Bell (7forallmankind.com/$129.00), Denim Shift Dress (forever21.com/$19.90), CHLOE CROPPED DENIM JACKET (aliceandolivia.com/$695.00), Frasier Sterling Night on the Tiles Choker (nastygal.com/$70.00), Flawed Leather Wrap Bolo (freepeople.com/$78.00), Anita K Barred for Life Sterling Silver Collar Necklace (nastygal.com/$60.00), Nasty Gal Well Versed Off-the-Shoulder Top (nastygal.com/$68.00), That’s a Wrap Top (freepeople.com/$98.00), Low Tide Off-the-Shoulder Top (nastygal.com/$48.00), Moondance Skirt Set (freepeople.com/$228.00), Cecile Ankle Boot (freepeople.com/$168.00), Gauze Overall Shorts (forever21.com/$17.90), Signature Loafer (freepeople.com/$128.00),  Magic Tapestry Boot (freepeople.com/$178.00)

Enjoy the festival, folks. Make me (and Ranger Dave) proud.

 

By: Leah Heyman

Decorating On A Dime

Let’s be honest, to live chicly AND cheaply is not an easy feat.

Whether you’re a college student, an aspiring artist, an up-and-comer in the medical field, or just a San Francisco resident, you can (and should) read along to better your living space in a reasonably tasteful way.

 In all aspects of life, there are at least two forking roads to every destination. On the elusive path to luxe living: How does a young, fashion-forward person forego the 14k gold-paved road and instead, go the silver-plated road? Will both roads lead to Anthropologie level in-house decorum?

Unfortunately, the road less traveled is silver-plated for a reason. There are no $200 hipster wall hangings on this road. Nor are there $36 candles (sigh). But don’t fret! While you’re still an up-and-comer in life, it is perfectly ok to religiously scout for deals and fight to the death for coupon codes. In fact, it’s necessary.

 To aid you in your lifelong journey to the land of the 14k gold paved roads,  we’ve compiled some of the most unconventionally conventional methods to curating the ultimate chic/cheap paradise.

Method #1: Plants are friends (and food)

In a quaint space, why wouldn’t you think to splash in some plant life? Adding some biological spice to your otherwise all white bathroom/bedroom gives it just the right pop of low-price luxury and crispness.

Photo courtesy of Pinterest
Photo courtesy of Pinterest

Method #2: Walls are giant canvases

Whether you decide to go freelance on a wall-sized painting, you choose 10-15 different pictures to hang up, or you simply want to throw a wallpaper up, you should seriously consider thinking of your walls as more than just the physical ends to your living space. A creatively designed wall is a weapon that can drastically transform a space from drag to fab.

Photo courtesy of homeadore.com
Photo courtesy of homeadore.com
Shop this exact Picture Frame Set from Urbanoutfitters.com on the StyleChat App!
Shop this exact Picture Frame Set from Urbanoutfitters.com on the StyleChat App!
Guess what--you can shop this super chic and crazy cheap Target wallpaper on StyleChat as well
Guess what–you can shop this super chic and crazy cheap Target wallpaper on StyleChat as well

Method #3: Eclectic is the New Black

When money is a deciding factor in your quest to swanky diggs, you don’t have time to confine yourself to one style/color palette. Who are you kidding, you don’t have time to conform at all! Use carpets as tapestries, magazines as coffee tables, musical instruments as wall pieces. Throw some of those cool rock/butterfly collections on a a shelf. You might as well gather up some childhood memorabilia in the mix too, why not? Eclectic is cool people, embrace it.

Photo courtesy of www.brit.co
Photo courtesy of http://www.brit.co
The stacked look makes for a purposeful frenzy of eclectic bliss. Photo courtesy of Pinterest.com
The stacked look makes for a purposeful frenzy of eclectic bliss. Photo courtesy of Pinterest.com
An eclectic mix of personal treasures and hobbies that makes for an interesting shelf, and a perfect conversation starter. Photo courtesy of www.ourboathouse.com
An eclectic mix of personal treasures and hobbies that makes for an interesting shelf, and a perfect conversation starter. Photo courtesy of http://www.ourboathouse.com

Despite your occupation, income, square footage, you–yes, you–deserve to come home to a space that looks and feels like home. In more trite terms, the width of your wallet does not define you! (my apologies for that one, had to get it out of my system)

One day you will be on the coveted golden road to greatness. Until then, make the silver-plated road as shiny as you can.

By: Leah Heyman

Congrats Grads!

Whether you’re graduating from high school or college- four years of hard work has come to a close and your future is so bright! The thought can be daunting, but remember you’ve made it this far and with a few steps further each day you’re bound to produce a lifetime of achievements.

So what’s next? Interviews, internships, volunteering- all of the best for post grad! And of course you gotta look and feel your best. We’ve rounded up some tip top options for all your professional needs. Take on your next steps with cool and confidence. You deserve it!

 

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Forever21 Pleated Jumpsuit, $30; Chalayan Sculptured jacket, $1860; Ember Blush Suede heels, $150; Kate Space pearl studs, $48; Fossil word bag, $300

Let’s Neckcesssorize

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It’s no secret the neck scarf has become the biggest accessory of the season. This look has plenty of 70s flavor, but the real question is how do we use this trend to separate ourselves above the rest? Think outside the box with these these très français outfit necessities and connect even more varying aesthetics: think biker-girl-meets-bohemian, in the words of Refinery29.

Try these scarf looks with the classic leather jackets over overalls, midi-skirts, or dresses, all toughened up with some ~neckcessory~ flair. Each look, regardless of how different it may be, was tied together with the simplest of accessories- and one that definitely won’t break the bank. Check out our favorite scarf options on your very own StyleChat feed!

-Ashley Cooke, Social Media Intern

Sun Kissed Over the Shoulder Smolders

What’s sexier than a woman’s collar bone and shoulders? A Happy and vibrant smile, simply smoldering over said sun kissed shoulders and collar bones, accompanied by sparkling eyes and lots of springtime lovin. (But that’s just us)
As our weather is warming up, opt for a refreshing dip into the 70s with bell sleeves and off the shoulder styles. It’s a romantic and  breezy option for sun shiny days, allowing your skin to soak up the warm sun, leaving you feeling more vibrant that ever!

Check out some of our fave pieces to soon give your winter clothes the cold shoulder. J9p3Lzo.png

 

MINKPINK Maxi Dress, $109; Mustard Seed Chambray, $109; Velvet by Graham & SPencer, $138; BB Dakota, 250

 

-Ashley Cooke

 

The New Jean Trends that Everyone will Want

Everyone has their favorite pair of jeans.  Whether they’re skinny, flare, dark blue, white, and/or ripped, your fav go-to jeans shouldn’t be the only ones in your closet.  Women are turning from plain and simple, to wild and crazy with bold patterns, cool textures, and loud shapes.  Check out these jeans from Bloomingdales!  When you’re working with a wild pattern on the bottom, keep to solid colors on top!  Looking to make a statement this winter?  Any of these five pairs of jeans will help you take those fashion risks you’ve been craving!

Jeans Courtesy of Bloomingdales
Jeans Courtesy of Bloomingdales

Nasty Gal also knows how to rework our modern day jeans.  A bit of acid-washing combined with some minor rips or a wide-legged silhouette makes these three jeans refreshingly innovative and a touch rocker!

Jeans Courtesy of Nasty Gal
Jeans Courtesy of Nasty Gal

Let’s just admit it: jeans are pretty great! But these jeans, take great to a whole new level that we love!  Wear them with flats during the day or heels at night, and enjoy pumping up your style this winter!

By: Jaclyn Parker

 

The Hottest Trends from Milan Fashion Week

Looking for a little style inspiration? The 2015 Spring/Summer Milan fashion week impressed us with bold colors, feminine designs, sleek cutouts, and slinky silhouettes. Fashionista.com points out some of the hottest trends we saw that week. First, we took a ride on the softer side with designers from Roberto Cavalli to Gucci, featuring sheer ruffled dresses in feminine pastel colors.

Francesco Scognamiglio, No. 21, Roberto Cavalli, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, and Gucci Courtesy of Fashionista.com
Francesco Scognamiglio, No. 21, Roberto Cavalli, Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, and Gucci
Courtesy of Fashionista.com

The Milan runway shows featured colors all over the spectrum: from soft and pastel to dark and bold. Green was a standout color being featured by many designers including Prada, Marni, and more. From army matte greens to shiny metallic aqua greens, this color was all over the runways in fun and refreshing ways!

Versace, Prada, Marni, Sergei Grinko, and Ermanno Scervino Courtesy of Fashionista.com
Versace, Prada, Marni, Sergei Grinko, and Ermanno Scervino
Courtesy of Fashionista.com

Many of the runway shows turned up the heat with dresses and blazers featuring side-midriff cutouts. While we’ve seen cutouts a lot in the past couple of years, these outfits featured cutouts in a whole new way, making us rethink our standard blazers.

Fendi, Emporio Armani, DSquared2, Laura Biagiotti, and John Richmond Courtesy of Fashionista.com
Fendi, Emporio Armani, DSquared2, Laura Biagiotti, and John Richmond
Courtesy of Fashionista.com

Last but not least, the runways featured looks with shimmering metallic silver, sometimes from head to toe! While I couldn’t imagine sporting a pair of shiny silver stretch pants, the silver dresses would be a cool, sexy alternative to your typical little black dress look.

Costume National, Aquilano.Rimondi, Philipp Plein, Iceberg, and Genny Courtesy of Fashionista.com
Costume National, Aquilano.Rimondi, Philipp Plein, Iceberg, and Genny
Courtesy of Fashionista.com

Hopefully these four hot trends will give you some inspiration to try wearing something new, something bold, or something refreshing! What was your favorite trend from the Spring/Summer Milan fashion week?

By: Jaclyn Parker

The Most Daring Looks were the Best at the 2015 Emmys

Some people look forward to award shows for the awards, some on the other hand, look forward to them because of the red carpet fashion! While many stars played their dress choice safe, others took risks with crazy patterns, wild textures, and fun silhouettes. Cosmopolitan.com counts down some of the best and most exciting looks seen at the Emmys this year.

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Getty Image, Featured on Cosmopolitan.com

Kerry Washington looked powerful and chic in her silver Marc Jacobs dress. The mix of sheer with sequins gives this dress a playful texture. The low V-neck combined with the accentuated shoulders and hemline added the perfect touch of glam to her look. She didn’t need any other accessory to complete her ensemble; the dress was stunning enough on its own!

Getty Image, Featured on Cosmopolitan.com
Getty Image, Featured on Cosmopolitan.com

Next on our list of best-dressed women at the Emmy’s is Ellie Kemper. Her floor-length gown stood out with a beautiful multi-colored pattern. While not everyone can pull off a busy-patterned dress from head to toe, Ellie showed us that it is possible! The gathering of darker colors at the bottom of the gown made this dress even more intriguing and aesthetically pleasing!

Getty Image, Featured on Cosmopolitan.com
Getty Image, Featured on Cosmopolitan.com

What I love to see most on the red carpet is a dress that breaks the norm! Joanna Newsom pulled this off in a daring and beautiful structured pink strapless gown. The mix of smooth and pleated textures, as well as the fun, feminine design in the front, surely made me stop and stare! She certainly got major points for wearing such an original dress!

Getty Image, Featured on Cosmopolitan.com
Getty Image, Featured on Cosmopolitan.com

Last but not least, Jaimie Alexander looked magnificently futuristic in this multicolored long-sleeve floor-length gown. While the cut and silhouette are very simple, the dress gets its flavor from the repetitive pattern of bold colors from head to toe.

After seeing these red carpet looks, we can guess that sequined textures, bold patterns, and simple silhouettes will be all the rage next season. These wild looks remind us that taking fashion risks can lead to huge success when done right!

What was your favorite dress of the night?

By: Jaclyn Parker

The Hottest Handbags you Need Right Now

Finding the perfect handbag is like finding the perfect man. Okay, perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration, but we’re not lying when we say that this season’s handbags will bring you a lot of happiness!

We’re starting off with red hot handbags. This shiny, red leather Coach shoulder bag will give your look the perfect splash of color!

Photo Courtesy of Bloomingdales ($495.00)
Photo Courtesy of Bloomingdales ($495.00)

An article on fashionisers.com breaks down the hottest handbag trends we’ll see this season. From 70’s fringe to reptile skin, handbags are getting bigger and bolder. Designers, such as Bottega Veneta, Prada, and Lanvin are bringing bold colored skins into their handbag collection.

Photo Courtesy of Fashionisers.com
Photo Courtesy of Fashionisers.com

After sexy new fabrics we then jump into a hot new shape: squared and boxy. Imagine your suitcase and briefcase are combined into one small handbag with a bright color and a chic little handle. Give your slouchy shoulder bags a rest, and try-out these hot new structured handbags!

Photo Courtesy of Fashionisers.com
Photo Courtesy of Fashionisers.com

If square handbags aren’t crazy enough for you, the next trend on the list might be perfect! Keep your eye out for handbags with funky geometric shapes! These wild shapes are mixed with bold colors to create beautiful statement pieces that will add flavor to any look!

Photo Courtesy of Fashionisers.com
Photo Courtesy of Fashionisers.com

Since we’re now welcoming the fall season, it’s time to envelop ourselves in all the luxurious fabrics this season brings, including suede! Try suede in any color, from bright blue to neutral beiges, suede handbags will help transition your look from summer to fall.

Photo Courtesy of Fashionisers.com
Photo Courtesy of Fashionisers.com

What handbag will you sport this season? Check out the StyleChat app to browse and buy all of your favorite bags!

By: Jaclyn Parker

Rock your Denim like a Star this Fall

Some days we can spend an hour in our closets figuring out what to wear, which denim color, which top, which pair of shoes, which pair of earrings, the list goes on and on. Some days however, we want our trusted jeans to come to our rescue; we want to be able to slide on our favorite pair in two seconds and look incredible. So which jeans should we choose?

An article featured on WhoWhatWear consults some of the best fashion experts to get their take on their most reliable pairs of jeans, and trust me you’re going to love the results!

First off, we have light-wash skinny jeans with rips on the knees. The light blue wash with the rips will give you a casual look that you’ll love! Pair them with your favorite t-shirt or a button-down shirt, and you’ll have an outfit that will keep you cute and comfortable whether you’re sitting in class or running to the grocery store! Not sure where to find a stylish pair of jeans like this? Check out Nordstrom’s Joe’s jeans featured below! They even give you a slight bit of fading to make you look très chic!

Joe’s at Nordstrom ($179.00)
Joe’s at Nordstrom ($179.00)

Next denim obsession on the list is a pair of high-waisted black jeans designed by AG. These fitted cotton jeans will give you that perfect fall look. It’s time to transition from your summer white jeans into a pair of bold black jeans! The high waist will keep you comfortable so that you’re not constantly pulling up your jeans every time you sit! Pair these jeans with a sweater for a comfy night in, or with a dressy top and chunky jewelry for a night out with friends!

AG Jeans ($225.00)
AG Jeans ($225.00)

Last but not least, we have a style of denim jeans that are one of my personal favorites: boyfriend jeans. Some people may associate boyfriend jeans with really baggy jeans, but that doesn’t have to be the case! The best boyfriend jeans are the ones that are relaxed, skinny jeans, meaning they follow the curves of your body without conforming too tightly to your leg. The relaxed fit gives you the perfect relaxed look for you to enjoy! It’s time to be stylish and comfortable at the same time.

Photo Courtesy of WhoWhatWear
Photo Courtesy of WhoWhatWear

Check out the StyleChat app; it’ll make shopping for jeans and styling your look way more fun!

By: Jaclyn Parker