fashion

New Beginnings

Hello stylebandits & banditas. It has been a very long time since I was last here & this is because of a few things. I graduated college in May and moved back to my hometown of NYC. I moved into a place that didn’t work out & then found a place that did, where I have been now since September. I have a part-time job and a full-time graduate program. I also adopted an 8-month old puppy two weeks ago.

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So, amongst all of these life-changes, I was finding it difficult to write a beauty/fashion blog. I struggled going between my love for writing and connecting with people of similar interests & passions and the fact that somehow, at this point in life, writing about beauty products & clothes felt trivial & shallow somehow.

Then recently I realized it isn’t just writing about beauty products & clothing. The thing I always enjoyed about it was people sharing experiences, knowledge & the potential of helping others with similar interests. I’ve also been in the process of changing my outlook on beauty products & have been transitioning to a more natural/non-toxic lifestyle. This is also the direction I plan on taking thestylebandita. I want to share my thoughts & experiences on this process & hear from you too. I want to make the time & money we spend on beauty & fashion & lifestyles more meaningful – skin is our largest organ, so why not feed it with the same quality ingredients we want to put into our body? I also want to use this space to focus on smaller, lesser-known or independent brands that are creating such beautiful products & really making a difference.

My journey is a new one & by no means am I a ‘green beauty guru/goddess/expert,’ but I hope to learn a lot by continuing this blog. During all the recent changes in life, I lost time for my passion projects, but now its time to make space for them again. I hope you will bare with me & enjoy the ride.

Love, Chloe

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Spring Style | Printed Blazers

sprint printed blazers

It’s finally starting to feel like spring, hoooooray!!

Read on to see how I wear one of my favorite spring staples – the printed blazer…

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Tiny Treasures

When it comes to jewelry, I don’t usually go for subtle. If I wear it, its generally going to be a statement necklace, a bunch of rings or a stack of bracelets.

However, I’m discovering a newfound appreciation for the tiny charm necklace. What I think is so cool about these is that they may be microscopic, but thats part of their charm! You have to come up close to see what they’re really all about.

Urban Outfitters is the ruler of tiny charm jewelry. Check out my favorite picks from their current collection:

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Beetlejuice Pants

I’ve talked about this many times before, but I think it is one of the most important things to remember about style, so I’m gonna talk about it some more – there shouldn’t be rules in fashion. Finding your own personal style is about discovering what you like, what looks good on you and what doesn’t, and the only way to do that is to try new things all the time. Personal style and preferences can change and I think they should. For me, my style changes on the daily. One day, I may be super into the boho thing. The next I may edge-it-up. Another day I might combine the two, and other days I’m tired so my style is yoga pants and Uggs.

The point is, style is something very personal. It is a way to express yourself, so don’t worry about other people’s opinions all the time. If you have a crazy pair of pants that make you feel good and you can wear them with confidence, you strut your stuff in those crazy pants!

Recently, I bought myself a pair of crazy pants and was struggling trying to decide if I liked them or not. I decided to wear them one day, sort of to test drive them, and I asked my mom what she thought. She said they looked like Beetlejuice pants. I was running late, so I kept them on anyway.

Later on, my hairdresser said she loved my pants and even later on, so did my dad! Just goes to show opinions are everywhere, so the only one that ever really matters (when it comes to style at least) is yours.

These pants aren’t going to be a staple in my wardrobe, but my test drive was a fun little experiment. Plus, my mom and I came up with some great possible halloween costumes.

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Necklace, Top & Pants: Forever21

Boots: Primark (UK & Europe only, for now)

Bag: Free People

Do you have a crazy item of clothing that you love?

Style Inspiration

Hello everyone! I recently was flipping through a magazine and found some awesome inspiration that I wanted to take and make my own creations based off of. I’m not the kind of person who likes to follow or buy into trends, but I do like to find different styles and make them my own. I think sometimes if you follow trends too much and take them too seriously, you can end up not feeling like yourself and your own personal flare becomes someone else’s. You should always try new things and be fearless because that’s how you create your personal style! I’ve never been into acting, but I think what you wear can totally influence the way you act, so in a way switching up your style is like becoming a different version of yourself each time!

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And since I’m always trying to change up my style, one of the things I love the most about my Chloe & Isabel jewelry is that it can enhance any one of the different styles I want to try.

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What do you think of the green-on-green or print-on-print look?