Fashion For Conservation’s Behind the Scenes: The London Edition

London was a whirlwind of fashion. The outfit changes, hair and makeup, the attention to detail. It was all build up to the Elephantasia line walking down the runway at the Fashion Scout venue. An ecofashion line within an industry that is primarily driven by money, Elephantasia represents a brighter future for the relationship between fashion and conservation. And the FFC team was in London for that representation.

In addition to the actual show day, the FFC team went to other venues, some with fresher jet lag than others. We witnessed the unique work of other designers with truly original vision.

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The FFC team was still arriving in groups on various flights. The team that had arrived in London thus far made a cheers to the months of coordinating and planning and social media preparation prior to this trip.

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Pictured: Ava Holmes (Executive Producer), Laura Choi (Campaign Director), Ronee Collins (Special Events Producer), Jason Pillay (Stylist), Kelly Zwicker (Lead Blogger), Samantha Zwicker (Sustainability Director)

We have such a diverse team of creative individuals, from different cities and backgrounds. We all have our individual creative strengths. Coming together in London was a special treat for us to celebrate what FFC has accomplished so far.

The day of the show was, of course, ten million things happening at once. It was a rush. As FFC’s blogger I captured the moments going up to the show, and the Fashion Scout venue was lovely.

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We started the show with a musical performance by guest musician Anthar Kharana, setting a specific mood for the audience.

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Pictured: Anthar Kharana

As for the show’s runway pictures, a full recap of the entire line can be found on the Fashion For Conservation blog, however, here are some of my snapshots captured at the venue.

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Pictured: Nazy Alvarez (Creative Director), Ava Holmes (Executive Producer), Anthar Kharana (Guest Musician), Samantha Zwicker (Sustainability Director)

London Fashion Week was a great experience for the FFC team, and it is one of the many events we will promote not just fashion, but conservation as well, and it’s future in this amazing industry.

I hope you all enjoyed this London Fashion Week BTS post! Have a productive and creative week. xx

-Kelly

Watershed 2017: A Blogger’s Experience

Hi everyone,

The title of this blog post made me laugh, because it sounds like I went on some kind of voyage. Jokes aside, this was the first camping experience I’ve had. Crazy, right? I now believe everyone should see the Gorge at least once. Here’s my experience and tips as a first time “shedder.”

Of course, me being me, I prioritize the essentials to wash my face and be as clean as I can be when I’m not in the comfort of my home (insert Bilbo Baggins mindset). The three stores I’d recommend getting travel size body wash, lotions, cleansers, etc would be

➳ Target

➳ Walgreens

➳ Ulta

If you just need lotions, sunscreens, mini toiletries etc, Walgreens and Target should cover you. If you have more specific needs or brands you’re looking for, Ulta may need to be a second stop. For hydrating mists or other products that are in larger containers, it saves space to pour them into small travel size spray bottles and containers.

You could skip a face cleanser and just go with a very travel friendly, easy solution: micellar water. I’ve been using the Garnier Micellar Water for about 2 years, and I still love it. It’s often considered a step down from Bioderma (or essentially just less expensive), but if a product works then why change it? Micellar waters are a somewhat new thing on the market as an alternative to makeup wipes. I found it just as easy to pack the travel size Garnier Micellar water with a small bag of cotton rounds. It’s totally your preference, but micellar waters have less ingredients and preservatives than wipes do. It makes me uneasy that makeup wipes have ingredients to preserve their shelf life. That can’t be good for your complexion.

The idea of not having hot water is totally known to someone who has camped before, however, for me it was new. We spent two afternoons at Crescent Bar, which I would highly recommend to cool off from the constant heat and be a bit cleaner at the same time! The lake was beautiful and a good change of pace from the blazing heat. It wasn’t exactly a shower, but it was more fun and comfortable when compared to the mobile shower stations on the campground!

Pack very lightly in terms of clothes. I brought one sweatshirt, one tank top, two pairs of shorts, one skirt, and for the ladies: pack fun bralettes. They’re so small to pack and they can pass as a shirt at a festival. I get my lace ones at Urban Outfitters or Free People.

This was a country festival, so I really didn’t feel the need to bring accessories besides a hat. I packed one bead choker from Ettika, a lovely LA based boutique, and that was it. It matched all of my outfits and it added something a little extra. And the idea of losing sentimental jewelry worried me a bit, so I wouldn’t advise packing things that are very precious to you.

Pack some food. You don’t have to prepare completely in this category, but it will save you a lot of money. People spend twice the amount of their general admission ticket (or more) on food and drinks at the festival. Essentially everything is twice the cost it should be. Most food we saw was eleven dollars per person. If you bring enough food for the first two meals of the day and some snacks, you’ll save a ton. Food for thought!

A portable phone charger will come in handy. We had a car charger as an option as well, however, with four people all wanting to charge their phones at once, you could see how that would go. Put your phone in airplane mode when you don’t need it so it charges faster!

I didn’t do this, but I saw a lot of fanny packs at Watershed. In fact, I’ve never seen people rock them so well. Most were American flag printed, and if you think about it, they’re smarter than risking dropping your cards and cash from your jean shorts pockets. I’m not going to admit that I lost my ID and found it at the guest services station, but I’m not going to deny it either. Guys have deeper pockets in their pants for their cards, but ladies, I would consider a fanny pack or a small over-the-shoulder-purse to avoid the shame of losing your ID.

Pack water. I think many campers considered this the last priority behind the tents, speakers, and mixers. But do remember to pack plenty of water and some eletrolytes. We brought vitamin water and gatorade to get our electrolytes in between chugging water. It helps a lot.

The temperature at the gorge does drop at night, so bringing a pair of sweatpants or a good blanket is ideal. One of our “squad’s” members definitely did not prepare for this, poor guy. It’s all okay though, because we came back with the same group size as we left Seattle with. 🙂

Now onto the blogger obsessions I have with Central Washington (or Quincy):

There was a nearby market/store that we went to the second day for coffee (which was much needed). The place was vintage paradise. There were colorful chairs on the porch and a big sign with espresso, so we were saved! I also realized that BBQ flavored pumpkin seeds are underrated. Below are pictures of the cuteness.The to-go bag from this market had a sunflower print, perfect for sunflower lovers like myself.

 

The surrounding terrain in general is a very different kind of wildness. I think it makes for a great music venue. Here are a few snapshots:

For the most part, the major headliners at Watershed played later in the evening, and it’s always wise to get to the stage at least two acts ahead of your favorite singer to get closer in to the action. We just sat on the hill up higher the last night to avoid the mosh pit, but it’s good to remember that 30,000 people go to this event all at once! It’s much more intense than a smaller venue. I have some shin bruises to prove it.

From someone that has never camped before or been to an overnight festival, I was really stoked on this experience! It was great to be away from work commitments and with limited cell service. The venue was beautiful and the music was legendary. Not to mention that the people that go to Watershed, shedders, are super nice. Everyone is there to have a good time and our camp neighbors were all super friendly. And the last night ended with Luke Bryan, what’s not to love?

I hope you enjoyed this post about my tips and tricks to a solid weekend away at the Gorge. Once a shedder, always a shedder! Stay tuned for upcoming posts, it’s my goal to continue posting weekly.

For more photography and updates of my daily shenanigans, check out my Instagram blog page @k_stateofmind and my portrait page @kellyzphoto.

xx

-Kelly

 

 

 

Day Trip to Vancouver, B.C

Hi everyone,

So I’m a bit late on posting this Canada day trip, but I didn’t forget the mini travel post I wanted to do on lovely Vancouver! I put together some tips on exploring a new city, as well as what to see and do specifically in Vancouver if you only have a day. I hope you enjoy. x

Here in Seattle we are set very close to the border to Canada, which I think is often overlooked. The drive to the border was about 2 hours, and from there about 45 minutes to downtown Vancouver. If you think about it, it’s less than that to Portland, and about the same in distance as outdoorsy destination spots like Lake Crescent, which is more of a 3 hour drive. Ideally you would have two days to take in Vancouver and various parts of the city and surround lookouts, however, a full day is quite the accomplishment with the right attitude.

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My tips for exploring a new city:

❤ ALWAYS ask a local about where to go and what to see. You don’t have to do everything they suggest, in fact you should make customized adjustments to what you and your travel buddies want to do and see most. But asking locals is crucial to avoiding unwanted wandering or tourist mistakes. Plus, lots of people love to give their advice.

❤ Don’t watch the clock like a hawk, but do pay attention to how much time you potentially have in the city, factoring in travel time back home. This makes for just the right amount of organization to ensure you won’t feel rushed, but so much of an itinerary that you won’t be enjoying yourself in the moment.

❤ Venture away from chain restaurants or establishments. When you’re in a new city, especially in a different country like we were, experience what’s good and awesome to that place specifically. You can always hit Starbucks and the Old Spaghetti Factory back home (if Starbucks is your jam, it isn’t for me).

❤ Wear good walking shoes. I think this could be common sense, but wearing shoes you have to constantly adjust or ones you can’t walk all day in won’t be ideal for adventuring a city for the first time. By all means be fashionable, but functionally so.

❤ Do get a souvenir. I don’t care how typical it is to walk into a gift shop to buy a keychain or a t-shirt with proof you went on the trip. I bought a stuffed animal moose decked out in Vancouver gear and I could not be more pleased with it. I even showed the attendant at the border coming back to the U.S; sadly he didn’t find it that funny when I held it up to declare.

❤ Zero in on your experience for content. If you’re using your trip for your blog or photography, people will want to know what you liked about the place, not the same spots and reviews as another piece already done. If you were destined to find the best tacos in that city, you should include that. Anything you want to share for content!

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❤ Bring a phone charger. Depending on if you have an international plan, it’s not ideal for your phone to die at 11 pm at night out of country. I do not have an international plan, but when my friend’s phone died we were driving blind when trying to find our way out of the city. Yes it was of course figured out, but definitely plan ahead regardless with electronics.

❤ Pack very light. I should’ve put this on the top of the list, however, sometimes you realize halfway through your day trip that you left your car with your extra clothes and stuff anyway, so there really wasn’t any need for it. Tip for fellow bloggers: Wear neautral pants or bottoms to pair with up to two tops or so, then throw in a jacket, and you have at least 3 looks to shoot. This way you don’t have to carry too much around without missing out on variety with your outfit posts (blogger problems).

Now onto what I loved about Vancouver:

We started the adventure at VanDusen Botanical Garden, and there was a MAZE.Yes,a maze. And we got lost in it. But it was so satisfying when we found our way through it before other groups that went in before us. The garden is so interesting with its plant life and flowers from different regions, and the rose garden was beautiful. Here’s a snap of them.

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We found this alleyway that was covered in designs of purple, yellow and orange tones. Very strange, but it would make for a great music video. We snapped some shots and hung out in the alleyway (a sentence I’ve never typed by the way) before walking to

I’ve never had a flight of cider before, and we found the coolest bar and restaurant called the Alibi Room in Gastown, and if you sit at the actual bar you can watch the trains go past. We went to the lower basement floor, and every time the trains would pass they would block the stain glass windows, and it was the most interesting touch.

Gastown was the highlight of the trip, and we only went because a waitress told us about how cool it was for a day trip, not to mention pictures. The waitress worked at Uva wine and Cocktail bar, where I got my espresso martini fix at the beginning of the day.

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Gastown had great cobblestone alleyways and cute shops to browse, as well as the waterfront right next door. It is a must see in my opinion, and also has good pubs for fish and chips, just saying.

We went to the gift shop and then spent some time on the waterfront before grabbing dinner, and it was already 10 pm when we realized we needed to start driving back to the border. It was indeed a late night and I did get a cup of coffee at the gas station to not doze off, but it was 100% worth it. Vancouver was awesome, and I can’t wait to go again.

I hope you all enjoyed the latest mini travel piece. If you don’t have time or resources to go on a longer trip, it’s incredible how much you can get done in a day. I highly recommend trying to make day trips more a regular thing, they’re fun and manageable.

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As always, thank you for reading and I’m stoked to share upcoming summer projects and trips.

xx

-Kelly

 

 

 

Behind the Scenes: Vann Edge Salon

Hello fashion babes,

Behind the scenes moments give the best glimpses of raw talent and passion behind the work of Fashion for Conservation (FFC)’s members and contributors. A recent BTS editorial shoot was at Vann Edge in downtown Seattle, to showcase pieces of the upcoming Elephantasia collection in London Fashion week. I wanted to share this experience on my personal blog here at kstateofmind in addition to FFC’s blog. I hope you enjoy.

Model: Hanna 

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The featured jewelry is from Ashanti Reneé Boutique, made out of complete sustainable and eco-friendly materials. The pieces are full of vibrant color and great potential for movement in photos. Accents of nature are clearly shown in the various necklaces and bright bangles. Ashanti Renee Boutique was founded 10 years ago, originally displaying products for local events and pop-up shops, but is now live online for global purchases. Merchandise and jewelry from the boutique feature African inspirations, making the line special in its cultural aesthetic.

While I was taking behind the scenes photos of the wonderful chaos, talented photographer James Cheng was the on set photographer, Lisa Vann from Vann Edge for hair styling, and Bek Harvey for makeup.

Lots of time and energy goes into getting the ideal shots to showcase collections, and lighting is crucial. The indoor space next to Vann Edge salon made for great lighting and natural shadows, which I played with for some headshots of Fashion For Conservation’s founder Ava Holmes, wearing a beautiful piece from Ashanti Reneé Boutique.

The outfits I was present for are below, each demonstrating lovely textures and accents of the elephant species, all designed by Free.Mind.

It was inspiring to see the team in action, pictured below are Ava Holmes, hair stylist Lisa Vann, and photographer James Cheng.

Pictured: FFC founder Ava Holmes, hair stylist Lisa Vann, and photographer James Cheng. 

Pictured: FFC founder Ava Holmes, hair stylist Lisa Vann, and photographer James Cheng.

Stay tuned for another BTS experience with FFC and the talented individuals that make this all happen.

Featured individuals’ sites and profiles:

Photographer: James Cheng @jameschengphoto

Producer: Ava Holmes @ava.j.holmes

Creative Director: Nazy Alvarez (not present)

Model: Hanna @_myfriendhanna

Hair: Lisa Vann @lisavanntexture

Makeup: Bek Harvey @bek.harvey

Jewelry: Ashanti Renee Boutique @ashanti_renee_boutique

Design: Elephantasia by Free.Mind

I hope you all enjoyed my Fashion for Conservation update. Creating and collaborating make my days so much fuller in the best way. Stay bold. xx

-Kelly 

Two Ways to Wear Boyfriend Jeans

Hi fashion babes,

Today I wanted to share two different looks I put together that sport boyfriend jeans. Sometimes I don’t feel like putting on tight yoga pants or tighter jeans, so I reach for my Gap boyfriend jeans (I admit I purchased them in clearance too).

The first look is a bit preppy meets relaxed, with my Banana Republic pinstripe button up. To dress the look down, I use the boyfriend jeans. Coupled with my oversized hippie ZeroUV sunglasses and a messy bun, I have a mix of preppy and casual.

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I find that, unless I’m going to a interview or a highly dressed event, I don’t need to go full preppy with an outfit. I definitely don’t when I work! Boyfriend jeans are not meant to look perfectly sophisticated, but more like you’re trying less and you’re actually more comfortable. Effortless looks sometimes are the best!

The Banana Republic button up is actually a bit long if it’s not tucked into a skirt or tied, so I tied it in a knot in front to make it a little more fun.

For the shoes, I went with  my favorite black booties from Cole Haan. They gave me a little lift in my posture, instantly making the boyfriend jeans less slouchy.

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Now onto the second look (my personal favorite): boho meets boyfriend jeans.

The bralette in the photos is from a Free People pant set I’ve actually already posted. Sometimes I wear the bralette by itself because it’s a great color and it looks awesome with cardigans and flannels.

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For the shoes on this look, I chose brown loafers. I got mine from Chinese Laundry a couple years back at Nordstrom Rack. If you don’t already shop for shoes at Nordstrom Rack, consider this incentive. The loafers give the look a bit more of a studious feel with a hipster edge. Very Seattle, I know.

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The cardigan is from Athleta. It’s super soft and I like to drape it off my shoulders to make the look a little girly. And the cream goes great with the light wash jeans and the browns from the shoes and the bralette. I re-wore this exact outfit a couple days after this shoot, I was in love! And I was comfortable, best of both worlds.

Of course, I was in my natural habitat hanging around a coffee shop in my second look. Spoiler; I can’t wait to share my favorite Seattle Coffee shops!

I hope you all enjoyed these two ways to wear boyfriend jeans.

OUTFIT OVERVIEW:

Banana Republic Pinstripe (similar)

Gap Boyfriend Jeans (they were clearance)

Chinese Laundry loafers (similar here)

ZEROUV Oversized Sunglasses

Athleta Cardigan

Free People Pant Set (sold out)- Check site for inspo!

If you don’t already, catch my outfit posts and other inspirations on my Instagram (with its new handle) k_stateofmind.

HUGE THANK YOU to the photographer behind these photos, Karya Schanilec!

Her website: karyaschanilec.com and her IG is karyaschanilec.photography

Thanks for reading xx

-Kelly

 

 

Favorite Finds: Pinstripe Pants featuring Free People

Hi everyone,

I needed to share these pinstripe pants. They are stretchy, funky, and the best part: they were $14.99 at Marshall’s.

In terms of the brand of the pants, the brand does not currently have social media accounts, however, I guarantee you could find something similar in the pants sections of Marshall’s or TJ Maxx, and a higher price point at Free People.

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The outfit doesn’t come with the coffee, but it was a necessity when Reed Alyson and I came across the cutest coffee shop in the Alphabet District in Portland. Her IG accounts are @reedalyson and @reedalysonphotography. If you want to check out her website, it is reedalyson.com.

I’ve always been a been skeptic of printed pants, because solid black pants have been a staple of mine for easy outfit pairing. But these ones go so well with a black top and even my wide brim hat (the outfit was a hit in Portland). I’m telling you, you will get people saying something if you throw on a pair of pinstripe pants. It’s bold.

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Given how bold the pants are, I recommend pairing them with neutrals, especially black.

I gave the outfit more movement and went with a top with flowy sleeves, and I chose to wear my Sperry’s to keep the outfit more quirky than editorial. I wore my hair natural (it doesn’t take to tools anyway) and no jewelry was needed!

This outfit was great in the “Keep Portland Weird” movement, but you better believe I’ll be sporting it for meetings and future fashion events in Seattle.

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Outfit Details:

Pinstripe Pants (unknown brand)

Wide Brim Hat- Nasty Gal (no longer available)

Shoes: Sperry

Affordable and a statement, what else do you need? I hope you loved this point of view of pinstripe pants. Have an awesome rest of your week, loves.

Be bright. Be bold. xx

-Kelly

 

Favorite Finds: Free People Pant set

Hi everyone,

I’m currently in Sarasota, Florida and I wanted to post a favorite finds! To be frank, I feel like I’m either in athleisure wear or Free People clothes. Both are staples in my wardrobe. I found a pant set from Free People, the Beach Lakeview Pant Set. The fit is unique, not to mention the color being mustard yellow.

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I really want to get more sets for events, because they’re easy just like dresses and they often look good with either trainers or heels. Versatility is one of the best things about a fashion piece.

These aren’t a “sexy” set. It shows some skin with the cropped top, however, the top is straight across and is essentially a semi-fitted bralette. The pants are a more relaxed fit in the pant leg and fitted in the waist and hem. I think it’s so quirky, and I think any neutral shoes would go great with the set. I paired them with my Cole Haan booties.

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With outfits like these I think it’s better not to overdo it with jewelry or extra accessories. A simple addition like wooden mala beads was all I went for. The set itself is a statement. The color is also a bit out of the norm, so matching jewelry and accessories would be tricky.

The funny thing about this outfit is it makes you look slim while remaining quirky. I would definitely wear this to an event because it’s so different. When the set was on the hanger I immediately noticed it because of the color and buttons on the top piece.

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Another awesome perk: You don’t need double support in the bust. It does fit like a bralette so you can wear it bare. People may notice at times, but do what you feel comfortable with.

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If the pant set was a different color, I would probably be tempted to pair it with a wide-brimmed hat. But I like to have a mix in an outfit, so I took the quirkiness of the piece and matched it with more sophisticated shoes to tie it together.

I had fun shooting in this outfit and I’m definitely going to wear it out once it warms up outside!

As for where to buy the set, is has been sold out on the Free People website. It hasn’t been in the catalog for a while because it was on discount. I found it at Marshall’s! However, if you’re looking for a pant set or some inspiration, put it in the search bar on the FP website and there a ton of styles.

My boots:

Cole Haan Tali Luxe Bootie

I hope you all enjoyed this latest favorite find. I hope it gives you quirky inspiration xx

-Kelly

The Perfect LBD & Jean Jacket Combo

Hi everyone,

Some LBD’s (little black dresses) are for evenings out, or meant to be stand-alone pieces. While these are great, I love the casual LBD. I pair my favorite one, by designer Alexander Wang, with my Ralph Lauren jean jacket. The jacket has a vintage feel with an American flag on the back.

This look is easy to pair with trainers (I go with Sperry’s) or more dressed up with booties or heels. There’s so much versatility here. Just like I love to pair summer dresses with sneakers for an easy and comfortable look, these two pieces in combination make an effortless but put together look.

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I also wanted to share my new favorite lipstick line Bite Beauty. It is sold through Sephora, and the ingredients are all natural and organic. Not to mention the colors are absolutely amazing. I am wearing the color “Praline,” which is a spicy peach shade. It’s my go-to lipstick for the day time.

I confess, I own two other shades as well, but I am telling you, the price is worth it for the boost of antioxidants given to your lips and the undeniable color quality. You’ll thank me later.

A little bit about my makeup routine: I go very low coverage. To be frank, I don’t feel like I’m wearing anything, which is what I’m comfortable with. As long as my eyebrows are filled and my lips have color, the rest is really subtle. We all have our ideal makeup canvas!

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I’m also going to say that I love a little bit of sex appeal in outfits like these, without overdoing it. The jean jacket adds a casual touch to this very form-fitting tank dress. The dress by itself looks a bit formal, so I’ve made a habit of wearing it with this jacket, flannels, or my Free People leather jacket to make it either edgy or more toned down.

I also want to mention my need to balance tighter fitting clothes with looser ones. If I go tight on the bottom, I’ll usually have a top that’s more relaxed so my look is a bit more easy-going. The tightness of the tank dress with the relaxed fit of the jacket is a great balance.

Neutrals are also something to consider when putting together these flirty looks. Black pieces make for very workable neutrals!

♥ Outfit Details  ♥

I want to make it known that I found this tank dress on discount in TJ Maxx over a year ago, and it is unfortunately sold out. I still left the link for inspiration! The RL jean jacket is no longer sold in stores, however, places like Ebay still have them available!

Alexander Wang Modal Spandex Cami Tank Dress (sold out)

Ralph Lauren Flag 80’s Denim Jacket Vintage (Very few still online!)

Sperry’s (not pictured) SeaCoast Canvas Sneakers

Lipstick Bite Beauty Multistick in Praline

I hope you found my LBD tips helpful and fun, and I would love to know your favorite ways of styling yours! xx

-Kelly