Casual

How to Rock Your Lazy Days

Everyone, even the most accomplished fashionistas, have those days where you just want to wear your sweats all day. Well stylebandits, I have great news: it is possible to have those comfortable (& comforting!) pieces without sacrificing your unique stylishness! Thanks to the kicked-up-a-notch sweatshirts and embellished sneakers many brands have been coming out with, you can have your lazy-girl style cake and eat it too.

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Sweatshirt forever21, Jeans asos, Shoes steve madden

Having one or two embellished sweatshirts in my closet has seriously made life easier – on those lazy days where you still have to be presentable I can just throw one on with my comfiest jeans and I’m ready to go. Picking shoes and tops that have small embellishments also mean no accessorizing necessary, which is always a plus if you’re feeling lazy or short on time.

What do you think of this look? How do you rock your lazy days with style?

Fall Favorites

I hope everybody has been enjoying this colorful Autumn! I love shopping (no surprise there / sorry Mom), especially when there are so many new styles out for new seasons. However, I am on a saving money kick as of lately, so I’ve been limiting myself to (online) window-shopping. Score one for self control! Anyway, I’ve decided to share with you some of my favorite things I’ve been finding (and trying so hard not to buy!) from some of my favorite stores. Maybe you’ll find some gems and buy them and I can live vicariously through you (please)!

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These two sweaters are both from H&M & I love them. They both have short sleeves, which is fun & the details on both of them are playful and add a little bit of interest. They would be perfect with darker colored jeans (think black, maroon, dark green). The details on these also mean you don’t even have to find a necklace to wear, so getting dressed in the morning is that much faster!

Get these sweaters here & here.

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Clearly, fall is all about sweaters & this fuzzy pink sweater is great. I actually am loving the whole ensemble here, minus the shoes. The punchy pink is so fun with the polka dot midi. It actually makes me feel like this color/pattern combo should never be without each other. This outfit could be casual enough for class, work, meeting up with friends, or it could be easily dressed up for fancier occasions.

Okay, I am obsessed with this kimono. The red velvet and floral print is so dramatic and romantic – perfect for fall & can carry into winter. It’s a little bit victorian, a little bit bohemian. This is definitely a great statement piece. I cannot get enough of this one.

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Talk about statement pieces! This little jacket comes with its own attitude people. The neon green is so unexpected & looks amazing with the edgier pieces. I would totally rock this over black jeans or a dress with a chunkier metal necklace and boots. This almost reminds me of the iconic Chanel suit, but less expensive and way cooler.

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I’m currently having an art-deco, 1920s obsession, which is one of the reasons I love this blouse. It’s simple, but the embellishment is so pretty. Not only is this slightly art-deco, but the beading also reminds me a little bit of spider webs, which is fitting for this time of year (hello, Halloween!).

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Continuing with my 1920s obsession – this party dress is amazing! It isn’t too theme-y, but it’s like an ode to the era with the art-deco patterns and sparkle. Because the shape is modern, it wouldn’t even be overkill to dress this up with 1920s inspired bling, maybe even a killer headpiece (that hat is killing me, but not in a good way).

When I look for party dresses, I’m always drawn to fun textures and shapes. The feathering on this LBD is exactly that! I actually think this dress would look awesome with much girlier makeup – pale pinks and shimmery whites. This would be an adorable outfit for, say, a fall birthday or Thanksgivukkah party…

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I’m obviously very into reds and velvet this season, so these two dresses definitely caught my eye. The dark velvet dress is so rich and the shoulder cutouts add that extra detail that makes it stand out. This bright red dress is like the perfect party dress in my book – its got the texture, the print & the fun, full skirt. This dress happens to be from Forever21, which means its on the cheap-side. I’m all for that, clearly, but with a dress like this, I would be a little careful – I bought a similar dress with cute tulle from there a long time ago, and it looked very cheap. That being said, its not a guarantee that all dresses like this will be the same way.

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I love jeans, and I like finding ones that go beyond the average black and blue. This khaki green pair is great for fall & the detail on the bottom is unique. These actually came in black too, and I couldn’t decide which I liked better, but I have enough black already.

These faux tweed & leather pants are AMAZING. I have no other words to describe them… and they are on sale! If you’re really feeling like livin’ on the wild side, these pants would look insane with the neon green jacket from above.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my favorite fall picks & got some seasonal inspiration!

Draped & Gold

Sometimes inspiration comes out of nowhere & to me, that’s one of the best feelings ever. I love when I’m just minding my own business, doing whatever it is at that moment and then stumbling upon something by chance that just totally sticks with you.

The other day, I was walking to work and I swear, I saw not one, not two, but THREE amazing drape-y skirts. And since that moment, I’ve been going through a bit of a drape-y skirt obsession! Because I do not have one of my own (yet!), I decided instead to put together this style set. I used three different draped skirts – (from left to right) one is styled for the fancy chick who likes to attend swanky events, one is styled for the casual chick who likes to look good while running errands, and one is styled for the chick who loves a good party. Screen shot 2013-07-11 at 6.16.43 PM

I also decided to use the Chloe & Isabel Metal Bib Statement Necklace for all three looks. I’ve probably talked about how C&I jewelry is perfect because you can literally wear it with anything, but the proof is in the pudding here! I could’ve gone with a quieter necklace, but I liked the contrast between the sharp gold metal (that almost looks like scales or armor) and the soft drapes of the skirts. I also picked these yellow shoes because, well, you could go with a similar gold strappy heel, but that would just be too expected! The yellow is bolder than gold, but it still goes with each of these three looks.

Tan skirt: Rick Owens Lilies 3/4 Skirt

Black Skirt: Rose Drape Skirt

Grey Skirt: IRO Draped Cotton Skirt

Gold Necklace: Chloe & Isabel

Heels: River Island

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Also everybody, I have a brief announcement! As this blog is a continuing work of progress, things are always changing. I am actually beginning to work on the possibility of my own business/social enterprise (more details to come later!), and so I am making a few changes to the site now! My new e-mail address that you are welcome & encouraged to contact me at is: thestylebandita@gmail.com. If you’re an instagram user, you can also follow me @ chloen91!

Thank you all for supporting me & I hope you continue to enjoy following my blog 🙂

Flower Power

Howdy! It’s been a little while guys & I apologize, but things have just been so busy! I hope you’ve all been making lemonade out of the lemons that is this weather! And I hope everyone had a wondrous holiday weekend too!

Anyway, despite the muggyness, today was a bright, flowery day for me – sometimes when the weather isn’t so great, you gotta bring your own sunshine.

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Today, I wore two of my favorite items of clothing ever – black skinny jeans (everyone needs to own at least two pairs, in my opinion!) and my favorite ever floral kimono. I don’t even remember where my jeans are from, probably Topshop or Asos, and I got my kimono from one of my go-to boutiques, LF, years ago. I love Topshop’s jeans, they are so comfy and much less expensive than their designer friends.

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Talk about double-flower-power! I chose this Chloe & Isabel flower necklace to top off my outfit. It was just the right accent for the bright kimono because it isn’t too big or too small (do I sound like Goldilocks yet?)

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You may be thinking “Who wears a kimono in this kinda heat?!” Have no fear, though, I am not crazy! My beloved jacket is actually paper-thin. It’s like a silky, chiffon-y cloud wrapped around your body! No wonder why I love it so much :).

What’s your favorite item of clothing & why? Tell me all about it in the comment section!

(I apologize again for some of the photo quality – I’ve been lazy and have been using my phone as my camera for too long…)