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Fashion Photo Shoot Scavenger Hunt

On December 3rd I was invited to be a part of a birthday surprise - a fashion photo shoot scavenger hunt! How creative! I was much obliged. Not only was it creative, but it was in celebration of an amazing photographer, life coach, and musician that I’ve had the privilege working alongside the past few months. The clever idea was initiated by his artistic, beautiful wife and friend of mine, Melissa, from Melissa Marie Design Studio.

"Believing that photography is one of the most expressive and wonderful forms of art, Pure Element Photography desires to create the kind of art that will add immense color to your life, love to your heart and pure joy to your unique, personal element." -Louis Collins of Pure Element Photography

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Feline + Fierce

Wearing: Forever 21 Cardigan | Forever 21 Dress | Vintage Boots | Essie Polish | Nars Lipstick

Shot by: Pure Element Photography

Hair styled by: Kayla at Tru Salon

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Dressed in Magenta

When it comes to choosing a dress for a special occasion or holiday, sometimes we want a stellar standout dress, sometimes we want versatile, and sometimes we want both. When I spotted this Love Clothing dress at my favorite boutique in Granada, it was love at first site. I just knew it was going to work. The color, the fabric, the cut, everything. It fits the versatile bill, but is also pretty knock out when accessorized right.

In these photos I was wearing it for a company Christmas party. Working for a startup, it”s pretty much jeans and Ray-gun T-shirt all day everyday, so I played it down with flat brown ankle boots and a metallic belt. I’ve also styled it with five inch black suede wedges, a statement necklace, and red lip, as seen HERE. (Both for Christmas parties - it’s that dope I wanted to wear it again - and will want to wear it again and again). It’s even been worn as a shirt by tucking it into a high waisted gold sequins midi skirt. One other way to wear it is with pants (look out for lots of layering this spring).

This dresses has been my go to and what’s more is it didn’t break the budget. Below are five bright colored versatile dresses that cost little but are worth a lot!

Wearing: Love Clothing Dress | Andrew Marc Coat | Donald J. Pliner Boots | H&M Gloves

Five shift dresses under $75

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BUNDLED

I freaking love snow. The cold, not so much. But when you’re bundled up it doesn’t make much difference..unless there’s a polar vortex. :/ It’s only January and there are many more cold days ahead and hopefully snow days (depending where you live)!

Now is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of all the fantastic outerwear sales happening. When you look for something timeless, you really can’t go wrong. Opposed to the oversized outerwear trend, I like to stick with structured shoulders and a tailored fit. I really appreciate the warmth, construction, and details of this Andrew Marc coat. It’s a double breasted, wool cashmere blend, with a belted waist, and blue satin lining. The over-the-top stand up collar is really what makes this coat ideal for Iowa weather and winter winds. If you live in a cold place, I would highly recommend it! Below are some great classic coats with an ideal price tag!

Wearing: Andrew Marc Coat | Donald J Pliner Boots (choice) | H&M Gloves (choice) | Beanie (choice)

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Saffron + Studded

Mustard, marigold, maize, lemon, dandelion, daffodil, sunglow, saffron, sunflower… Yellow. What I love about the shades of yellow are that they bring light. Although people seldom wear it, they love seeing it! And when I find the right shade, I always buy it up. 

This particular coat is one my favorites in my wardrobe. I found this gem a couple years ago in Spain at one of my all time favorite shops, ZARA! The vertical seams and cinched waist make it chic, classy, and give off that 60s vibe I love. 

While I can rock this coat with pretty much anything and love experimenting with colors, I’m wearing a simple, silk, color block French Connection dress seen here and elongating the silhouette with opaque tights and pumps.

Playing with leather, suede, and studs, I’m toting a plum, suede studded Michael Kors Satchel and Mango leather studded gloves to break up the boldness.

In keeping with my jewel toned blocks, I think the velvet emerald trim on this felt, floppy hat goes quite nicely. What do you think?

Wearing: French Connection Dress | Zara Coat | DKNY Tights | Michael Kors Pumps {choice} | Michael Kors Satchel {choice} | Mango Gloves {choice} | Hat

Colorful Coats:

Studded Accessories:

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TRIBAL ART

One of the many things I love about cities is that you never know what you’ll find around the corner. Granada is full of many types of art, one being graffiti. Adjacent to my flat is a small, narrow street pinched between buildings, and the light at the end of the tunnel is this colorful tag. In life and in fashion, I’m drawn to and delighted by color. So it’s no surprise that instinctually I was attracted to this tribal mini and love complimenting it with horizontal stripes and feminine lace. Take collection of the sweet surprises from the environment around you. What are they, and in what ways can you reflect them?

I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Location: Granada, Spain

Wearing: Striped cardigan | H&M Lace Crop Top | Zara Tribal Mini | Vintage Belt | Opaque Tights | Suede Platform Booties | Round Sunnies

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THIGH HIGH SHY

There’s something to be said about boots that go thigh high. They can be worn so right or so wrong, but ultimately that depends on the person who wears them.

Besides their conspicuous sex appeal, they convey a bad ass confidence that every woman should hone. We all have a little bad ass in us, what helps bring that out in you?

Wearing: ArynK Blouse | French Connection Sweater | Fur Vest | 7 For All Mankind Jeans | Thigh High Boots | Nars Funny Face Lipcolor | Michael Kors Watch | Stella & Dot Necklace | Mango Hat

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