chloe + isabel

Falling in Love with Fall

I love fall. Every time it rolls around – with its orange and red leaves, decorated porches, pumpkin spice everything – I feel so cozy and happy. And then there is Halloween. Don’t even get me started on Halloween. I LOVE Halloween. Maybe its because my last year of college is really like having to face a big ugly bully every day, but this fall has been like a source of comfort somehow. I’m hoping it will help reinvigorate me for the rest of this semester!

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Recently, my boyfriend, best friend and I went apple & pumpkin picking. I’ve never had so many apples in my life, but let me tell you about these particular apples – they could have literally been picked straight out of Snow White. They were so damn good (my bff will vouch for this). Anyway, I was so excited and overtaken by all the wonderful fall-ness, that when we came back home I actually attempted to make apple cider from scratch. I used about eight apples, an orange, cinnamon, all spice, some pumpkin spice tea, lemon juice and honey whiskey. You throw everything into a big pan, cover it all with water and let it boil down (strain when done). It took between 1-2 hours and it tasted AMAZING. I was very happily surprised. If you’re in need of some Autumn comfort, try making this yourself! Not only does it taste fab, but you’ll also feel awesome for making your own cider.

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Wow, reliving this cider might be making me drool a little, but moving on.

One of the other reasons I love fall so much is the fact that I can bust out my boot collection! I’m a boot-aholic and not ashamed to say it. My feet are famous for ALWAYS having blisters (I think its because I’m like the Goldie Locks of shoes – everything is either too big or too small), but boots are my go-to comfortable footwear. I also love fall colors. My favorites this season are maroons and brownish-purples (see my nails)! Something I’m really into lately has been mixing girly elements with more edgy or masculine pieces, like my outfit below.

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Top: LF

Necklace: Chloe & Isabel

Pants: Topshop

Boots: Joe Fresh

How do you like to enjoy this time of year?

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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…)

July Sale Style Guide

Check it out! Here is a wonderful Chloe & Isabel style guide showing off just a couple of our 40% off SALE items. In one of my 4th of July posts, I got all excited about my party/BBQ plans for this weekend, so how perfect is it that this style guide is for the “Boho BBQ” ?! I love it!!

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The sale only lasts until July 7th, so hurry on over to my boutique & get your party jewels!

In case you all couldn’t tell already, I’m a teeny bit excited for the holidays. So, in the spirit of all these 4th of July themed posts, I also wanted to include a lil’ somethin’ red, white & blue (you can’t tell, but my nose ring is blue 😉 ).

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This was my work outfit today & I must say I was feeling the holiday spirit already. My red & white floral dress is from Forever21 and my necklace is of course Chloe & Isabel! I kept it simple and wore this dress with plain jane black flats (mine are from Steve Madden). As you can see, my cats just had to make an appearance…

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 I also apologize for the quality of these photos – today was a looong day.

Fourth of July Style Inspiration

Independence Day is coming up next weekend & I can’t wait! The fourth always means picnics, BBQs, pool parties, fireworks, friends & awesome outfits! While I’ve been thinking of what I’ll be wearing this coming weekend, I decided to make a special 4th of July-inspiration board.

For this style set, I used Chloe & Isabel jewelry from my 4th of July collection to make this look perfect for the holiday festivities. I’m a sucker for polkadots, thanks to my mom (she used to tell me bedtime stories about a girl named “Polka-dottie” and her best friend “Liney”), so I think the blue and white dress is really cute! This is an easy look to pull together and super fun for a backyard BBQ!

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For my Independence Day festivities, I will totally be trying out some of these DIY’s:

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These drinks rimmed with blue pop rocks look so tasty and fun to make (and drink)

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Something about summer time just makes all fruit taste a million times better than normal, so serving it up at a party is a great idea! These kebobs would be easy to make and easy to eat!

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One of the best parts about July 4th are the fireworks, and this year I want to get my own sparklers for friends to celebrate with, because lets be honest, nothing says party like shooting off some sparklers!

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What will you be doing to celebrate this coming weekend?