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Ruffles for Days...

Ok I know. I have a bit of an obsession with everything remotely feminine. I. Love. Ruffles. Can't get enough of them! So when I saw this blouse on a fellow fashion blogger, I hunted it down and bought it pronto! This top is not for the faint of heart for many reasons...it takes a bit of skill with an iron or steamer, and it doesn't pair with a jacket. So I saved it for the warmth of spring and summer months. It can easily be dressed down with denim, but I opted for these very comfortable gold lame pants from Anthropologie. These pants are going to be perfect for traveling because they are comfortable, light, and packable. No worries on wrinkling, these pants keep their shape! To dress down the pants I will most likely pair them with a white crop top and low heels or flats. The pants will also be a perfect transition into fall fashion and can be worn with a chunky cream sweater. I'll leave the crazy ruffle top at home for my trip to Germany & Prague this summer, but the pants are coming with me! xo Kelsey

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D.I.Y. Pearl Trackpants & Rose Applique Blouse...

When you can't find something you want (or can't afford it), why not just make it yourself? I few months back I came across a gorgeous fashion editorial of Jennifer Aniston wearing a pair of track pants that had pearls down the stripe of the pants. Genius! Now where can I buy those? Knowing that the pants probably were out of my budget (they were), I decided to take matters into my own hands and make a similar pair myself. It's not at all hard to sew on a bunch of pearls to pants, so I found a cheap pair of track pants at Forever21 and hunted down the perfect pearl beads on Etsy. Once the beads arrived, I strategically placed each bead about 4 inches apart and hand-sewed them onto the stripe of the pants. The whole project probably took me about a 1/2 hour. For the blouse I found an adorable off-shoulder blouse online and also searched Etsy for the perfect rose embroidery patches. A lot of these are the type of patches can be ironed onto cotton fabric, but I opted to hand sew these roses on myself. The blouse did take a bit more time because I had to pin down the roses to keep them secure while I sewed. During this sewing project I binged-watched Stranger Things, so I recommend some form of entertainment while you sew because it can be time consuming, but also very therapeutic. I didn't plan for the pants and blouse to go together, but magically they do and I love this outfit! I added my Saint Laurent heart bag and spiked Louboutins for the finishing touch! xo Kelsey

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