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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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Ryder

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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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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Everything’s Coming Up Roses

I’ve always loved pastels, so I am actually pretty excited that they are everywhere recently! Specifically, pastel pinks are everywhere recently. I love the fact that they are having their moment in the months that are usually reserved for heavy, dark & rich colors. What I love even more, is that pastels are being matched with heavier textures, which makes them definitely cold-weather appropriate. But, what I love even more, is the fun that can be had mixing and matching soft, floaty feminine pastels with harsher and heavier Fall/Winter gear.

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I love the floaty pink top I’m wearing – you can find it at Forever21 – it’s very girly, but less in-your-face than some other pink styles I’ve been seeing around lately.

However, if we’re talkin’ in-your-face pink, I’ll be honest. I am 100% dying for a pastel pink coat. I know, I know, I’m falling for a trend, but just gaze your eyes upon these beauties and try to tell me you wouldn’t wrap yourself up in one of them forever …

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H&M

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Topshop

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Modcloth

You’d think a pink coat would be aggressively girly, but the cool thing about these is that they’re being cut in masculine shapes so they’re a little bit feminine, but also a little bit badass – my favorite way to mix and match!

Would you wear this trend?

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!

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?