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maison miru ear cuffs review

trend alert: stackable ear cuffs

Looking to freshen up your jewelry collection for 2021? While fashion takes a big step towards minimalism and a less is more mentality, there are certain categories of style that are doing just the opposite. Namely, jewelry. From layering multiple gold chain necklaces to stacks of rings, more is definitely more.

Say hello to an opulent, edgy mode of dressing your ears. Stackable ear cuffs.

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photography:ME | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | ear cuffs c/o:MAISON MIRU

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Dating back to a much more primitive era in history (as early as 2000 BC), the ear cuffs trend is a way to stack up the gold (or silver) in a less obvious direction. The look is avant grade and fierce, a perfect match for women who aren’t afraid of leaving a lasting impression.

But, before you’re ready to take the plunge on multiple lobe and cartilage piercings, there is a way to try the trend with a little less commitment – it’s called the ear cuff. No piercing necessary, the ear cuff is a way to accessorize your looks without changing the more permanent aspects of body alterations.

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Spotted all over London Fashion Week, luxury fashion blogs, and street style alike, ear cuffs are effectively one of the most must-have trends of the season.

Interested for obvious reasons, I was quick to open my arms to review Maison Miru, when they reached out offering an assortment of gifted ear cuffs for me to try out for myself.

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If you’re not sure what to look for, rely on leaders of the trend like Maison Miru – who’s making it their business to dominate the ear cuff industry in our generation. They have one of the largest selections of luxury quality ear cuffs available on the market, and their pieces have stood up to my own test of time and wear. After doing a bit of research, I found several positive Maison Miru reviews supporting their superior quality, including Cosmo Magazine shortlisting them as a best jewelry brand to shop.

Their pieces are plated in real gold and sterling silver, so they’re also a great option for those with skin sensitivities.

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Rock the trend like a fashion pro by stacking multiple ear cuffs up one or even both of your ears.

There’s a style for everyone, from elaborate masterpieces to simple cuffs. Symmetry is inconsequential, so experiment and find a combination that suits your personal style.

stacked ear cuffs by maison miru

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, these items were gifted by Maison Miru. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

nike pleated skirt outfit ideas

3 ways to style the nike pleated tennis skirt

Comfy, effortless, chic with an athleisure twist – it’s no wonder the fashion universe went crazy over Nike’s pleated tennis skirt outfits (which is actually a skort by the way). While the original release sold out almost immediately, the concept itself is refreshing enough you can easily swap it out with another basic pleated min. If you were lucky enough to snag one, here’s some outfit inspo to help you incorporate the trend into your wardrobe.

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photography:ME | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | pleated skort:NIKE

nike pleated skirt athleisure outfit idea

Athleisure casual cool

For the first look, keep it casual with this athleisure combo. Pair the Nike pleated tennis skirt with an oversized crew neck sweatshirt and a pair of sneakers. Nike is an athletic brand after all. This look is not only completely effortless, it’s also very, very comfy – comfy enough I wear this look at home to lounge as well. It’s great for days you don’t really feel like getting dressed, but you don’t want to feel like a total scrub. Throw on a baseball cap and you’re also ready to run your quick errands without having to take the time to get ready.

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Preppy and tailored

Athleisure is not just for the sporty girls. Class up the Nike pleated tennis skirt with a tailored blazer and a pair of over the knee boots. The look is ladylike preppy.

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You’ll hardly realize you’re wearing a sporty piece at all. Pleated skirts are a huge fashion trend of the season, and the Nike skort is a comfy alternative to traditional pleated skirt styles. Bonus, you don’t have to be quite so ladylike since the skort saves you from potential fashion faux pas.

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Modern trend setter

If you tend to make trends instead of following them, don’t be afraid to remix the Nike skirt with unexpected combinations. Bear a little skin with a coordinate bra or crop top, and layer over an oversized jacket for an eclectic look you can make all your own. Don’t forget your statement luxury handbag for that final statement that completes the ensemble.

trendy athleisure outfit with white nike skirt

Closely following emerging luxury fashion trends for both my work and the blog, I was quick to snag the Nike skort in both black and white to give them a try for all the hype. They’ve quickly become a couple of the most worn pieces in my wardrobe. The simple athleisure twist on the classic pleated mini is incredible versatile, and the outfit combinations are truly without limit.

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No Nike skirt? No problem.

You can still get the look by substituting these outfits with any basic pleated mini skirt. Nike still has a few mini tennis skort options available on their site. Revolve also has a pleated mini skirt by Norma Kamali that is very similar to the Nike pleated tennis skirt silhouette.

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For more pleated skirt outfits, check out my Pinterest with hundreds of preppy fashion ideas for your inspiration!

2021 new years fashion resolutions for minimal style and sustainable fashion

2021 fashion resolutions for the sake of your style and your world

There’s just something about fresh starts. Though one should truly find reasons to restart every day, the first of January seems a good a time as any. If you’re looking to make better fashion decisions in 2021, here are some resolutions that will change the way you shop and dress for the better.

With these simple lifestyle changes, you’ll be dressing more like yourself than ever, clear space in your wardrobe, and reduce waste that impacts your wallet and your environment.

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photography:ME | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | outfit c/o:ANNE FONTAINE

#1: Don’t buy it unless you know you’re going to wear it

One of the biggest fashion faux pas we’re all guilty of – impulse buying items we never actually wear. Perhaps you unearthed an irresistible steal, maybe you fell in love with the fabric or print. Take a pause before you rush to the checkout. Even the most beautiful pieces in your wardrobe can go unworn; no matter the deal – it’s not worth it.

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Ask yourself:

  • Is this style truly me or am I just hypnotized into buying?
  • Do I have pieces in my wardrobe I can wear with it?
  • Do I frequent places I even wear this piece?
  • How often will I wear it as compared to the cost – what is the cost per wear?
  • Do I already have something similar in my closet?

If the piece really isn’t 100% your style, if it doesn’t have a flattering fit, if you have nothing to wear with it or no where to wear it to – no price makes it worth purchasing. It will just end up shoved in the back of your closet with the rest of your impulse purchases. Instead, refrain. Buy only what you will wear, and aspire to cut back to a capsule wardrobe.

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#2: Plan your outfits in advance

While you’re making your resolutions, consider what style you want to embody this year. As a fashion blogger, I love to dabble in the latest fashion trends of the season. However, my style doesn’t change as much as it evolves. Big changes are gradual, and I have a certain “look” that best suits my personality. I also wake up 15 minutes before I need to get out of the door and to the office.

Resolve to plan your outfits in advance.

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How good are you really at coming up with an empowering outfit in 15 seconds before you fly out the door?

Dress more yourself, and understand your style more in 2021 by curating your outfits in advance. Plus, you can even plan to incorporate some of those unworn pieces in the back of your wardrobe.

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#3: Clear out the old before you buy the new

While you’re outfit planning, you’ll probably discover countless items you haven’t worn in years. Take the time, try on your vintage pieces. Keep what’s still you. Donate or repurpose the rest. A clean, fresh wardrobe will help you to see the gaps in your wardrobe that you may need to fill, or your might discover you had everything at your fingertips for flawless style all along.

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#4: Minimize your fashion footprint

While you’re clearing out the back corners of your closet, consider the impact those impulse buys had not only on your wallet, but also your environment. Waste is never good – in any capacity.

Resolve to waste less this year, and minimize your fashion footprint. Even better? Know who you’re buying from, and support brands that follow sustainable manufacturing and distribution processes. After all, we should resolve not only to better ourselves, but to also better the world around us.

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#5: Invest in high rotation items

Assuming there are still some spaces in your wardrobe you’d like to fill for the New Year, swear to yourself to stop spending on fast fashion. Instead, invest in high quality luxury basics that will stay in your wardrobe for years to come. Spending $2000 on a cocktail dress is not only wasteful, you really won’t get the satisfaction out of it, especially if you only wear it once or twice. (Be honest with yourself, you know you won’t wear it more than that).

I would however, pay just about anything for the perfect fitting jean that I wear everyday.

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If you wear something a lot or find certain items are always in your laundry, those are the piece you’ll want to invest in.

For me, a non-wrinkle tee, quality at-home sweats, my black crop jeans and my collection of Anne Fontaine white blouses make my list of daily essential items I rewear over and over again. They’re worth the cost, because they’re the building blocks of 90% of what I wear.

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Highly versatile items that you can wear in different ways for different occasions also have a higher value when you consider the cost per wear.

To calculate the cost of wear:

  • Take the total cost if the item
  • Divide it by the amount of times you think you’ll wear it
  • The resulting number is your cost per wear

For example, if I bought that cocktail dress for $2000 and wore it twice, my cost per wear is $1000. A heavy price to pay for just a couple of occasions. If I spent $500 on the perfect pair of jeans but wear them three times a week for a year, the cost per wear is just $3.21. Calculating the cost per wear really puts your purchases into perspective, and helps you make the right buying choices to support your lifestyle.

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#6 Support small and locally owned businesses

If you aren’t making an effort already, please don’t forget, we’re just coming out of a global pandemic. Whether or not you have been greatly affected, rest assured small and locally owned businesses are paying a heavy price. Even large mega brands have been forced into a radical fashion revolution, and the little guys are fighting even harder to stay afloat.

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Businesses in your area are run by friends, family and your fellow community. Support them.

In 2021, make it your fashion resolution to shop local first. Support people. Do good. Give back. It’s one small way you can truly make a difference in people’s lives and our economy. It may seem like a small change to you, but if we band together and resolve to make better fashion choices in 2021, we can make a big difference.

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womens suit trends 2021

2021’s essential white women’s suit

So 2020 was a bit of a drag, it’s 2021, and we’re ready to start the New Year fresh. Shed the loungewear and discard your fuzzy socks. The year of Covid has past, and while we’re still not back to life as we knew it, life is still flourishing. We made it through, and it’s time take the big step into 2021 with pride.

Say hello to the power suit of the New Year.

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photography:ME | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | white suit c/o:ANNE FONTAINE

Women’s suiting and co-ords are not only one of the biggest luxury fashion trends of the season, it’s a timeless ensemble that makes a lasting impression. The posture, the tailored silhouettes, the crisp fabrics and commanding aesthetics – it’s no wonder suiting never really goes out of style.

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If you’re looking to empower your wardrobe for 2021, this is where you’ll want to start. Introducing the Lido blazer and Preston suit pants – a statement selection from Anne Fontaine’s FW collection. This white suit set is a timeless combo with contemporary detailing that makes it a quintessential staple for the modern woman.

What you’re going to love – this lines of this stunning winter white suit elegantly follow the lines of your silhouette, giving it a comfortable, flattering fit.

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Note the breast pleating on the Lido blazer. The jacket design gives the suit a sleek structure that contours to your body’s form. The buttons at the front and sleeve also compliment the blazer’s geometrical design.

Both the pant and blazer are crafted with a textured off-white crepe that drapes elegantly from the body in a lose, comfortable fit. Part of Anne Fontaine’s Essentials Collection, it’s no wonder this suit makes the cut for 2021’s most coveted items of the season.

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The Preston pants have an oversized fit, following the height of women’s suit trends for 2021.

Iconic features include the piped pockets and high waisted fit that accentuate the flattering wide-leg silhouette. Soft pleating down the front of the legs elongates the look, giving you legs for days.

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No white after Labor Day is a rule long meant to be broken. What better way than a statement power suit to stride into the New Year? Style this season’s essential white suit with luxury accessories for a truly unstoppable ensemble.

This is your year, and the perfect power suit is just the way to start the New Year with energized confidence.

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Get the look by pairing Anne Fontaine’s white suit with a statement luxury handbag like The Pouch by Bottega Veneta. Layer on statement gold chain jewelry to keep the look young and fresh. You can shop these 14-24K gold plated rings, necklaces and bracelet from my curated collection of luxury essentials on Shop Day in my Dreams.

white blazer with gold chain necklaces

Can’t get enough of Anne Fontaine? Yeah, me too. Their FW collection is a Mecca of modern luxury essentials with a Parisian twist. This year, I’ve collaborated with Anne Fontaine to curate a really special collection of handpicked items essential for 2021. Shop all my favorite ways to style Anne Fontaine for winter and beyond in our Styles with Staying Power edit, available now on the Anne Fontaine website!

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In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, these items were gifted by Anne Fontaine. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

palm smartphone review

connected but not consumed | Palm mini smartphone review

Looking to cut the access and get back to the essentials for 2021?  Introducing the latest innovation in smartphones – Palm smartphones are changing the way we incorporate technology into our daily lives – for the better. Smartphones have been getting bigger and bigger as the years pass, and a big question on my mind is always “why?”

After all, with most innovation isn’t technology supposed to get more compact?

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photography:ME | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | palm smartphone:PALM

Palm reached out to me just about a year back, offering me a free devise to try out. I was intrigued by the sizes (and frankly also the cuteness) of what appeared to be a miniature, doll-size smartphone, I had no choice but to accept. The result, here are some of the facts and featured I discovered during my Palm smartphone review.

What’s cool about the technology, Palm smartphones are a mini smartphone that works independently, or as a supplement to your existing cellular device. That means you can use it to replace your existing bulky smartphone, or you can sync it to your existing device (much like a smartwatch) and use it to supplement your phone usage.

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The most exciting part, Palm phones are just about the size of a credit card (see above center next to an iPhoneX). Yet, they still offer all of the most used features of a smartphone including a high-res camera, app support, calls, texting, you name it. Don’t believe me? Here’s the Palm review features breakdown:

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Palm Smartphone Features

  • Phone plan connection for calls and texts
  • Built in GPS
  • Music LTE and Wi-Fi streaming
  • 8-12MP front and rear cameras with back flash
  • Water and dust resistant
  • Pre-loaded with the standard android apps
  • 3.3” HD display (just about the size of a credit card)

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We’ve forgotten so many aspects of cell phones that used to make our lives easier. Small, lightweight, and available to handle life’s digital connections. What if you could still have all of that, but in a much smaller, sleeker package.

I would consider myself the average phone user. I use it to check my email, take photos, send texts, listen to music, navigation, grocery lists and as a mode of communication for emergencies.

What I don’t use… pretty much everything else. I currently operate an iPhoneX, purchased shortly after its release. Don’t get me wrong, I love my phone. But there are times it’s just not designed to suit all of life’s scenarios.

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Where do I keep it when I go for a run or hike? What pocket am I supposed to fit it into at the gym? When I walk the dog, do I really need to take my cell with me? Going out for cocktails, the darn thing doesn’t fit in my bag, or looks bulky in a pocket. There are so many occasions I’d rather have a little less, while still staying connected. Palm smartphones are the ideal mode of connection for people with an active lifestyle.

The Palm mini smartphone has all of the technology I need, in a much, much smaller package.

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It’s easy to slip in a pocket or even wear on your arm. Palm offers accessories that increase the functionality of their smartphone with lanyards and arm bands that help you take the palm anywhere you want to go. It’s great for those times when you just don’t need to bring a bulky phone with you, but you still want to stay connected.

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For my tech geeks out there, here are a few specs from Palm you might be interested in.

Palm Smartphone Technical Features

  • OS: Android 8.1 system
  • Qualcomm® 435 processor, Octa-core CPU
  • 3.3” HD Display with 445 psi high pixel density LCD
  • Impact resistant Gorilla glass
  • 3 GB of RAM with 32 GB of storage
  • Dual speaker
  • Face unlock
  • Weighs just 62.5 grams
  • Measures 50.6 x 96.6 x 7.4 mm
  • Available in titanium and gold

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What that means for me a year later? I’m able to walk Naizak and live in the moment with my new Palm! Truly exited about this collaboration, and feel honored to be included in some of the first users and advocates of Palm. As soon as I heard about these mini smart phones that can work as a secondary phone with your existing number, I was all onboard. There are so many situations in my ultra-mobile life on go that I need some connectivity basics like texts, time and music, but larger devices just aren’t practical.

Now when I take Naizak for a walk, I can listen to music, send and receive texts without a heavy phone in hand or pocket. It is so light, I hardly notice its there. The camera is 12MP, which is also plenty to get a couple cute shots of the pup on our adventures.

palm smartphone review

It’s perfect for the gym. My phone is pretty bulky, but this little guy fits in my gym pants pockets, and they also have a mini armband available. This thing is tiny. I mean TINY. It’s just over 3” long. It’s sweat resistant, plus it’s syncing to my own phone so I can still get texts to plan dinner after my workout.

You guys all know I’m a huge advocate of getting unplugged. Palm is also taking steps to help you do that. In Life Mode, the Palm helps me focus by silencing calls and notifications any time the screen is off. When you wake the screen, you’re connected again. This is great for times when I’m focusing on writing for my blog, or even just trying to stay in the moment with friends and family.

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A small perk for you fashion fiends, this little guy does fit into your micro bags. (Mic drop). You’re welcome. They actually make a mini Kate Spade wristlet case for it as well.

Definitely worth the investment. When you consider how much we use our phone, it’s about time someone came up with a smaller, mini version that can go everywhere, for times when you don’t need anything but the basics.

If you guys are looking for a small way to unplug or lighten your load, definitely check out the super compact Palm smartphone. This is a small team of entrepreneurs truly innovating technology in our era. They’re creative, enthusiastic, and changing the way we can all connect, while staying connected to the world around us.

If you’ve been thinking about giving it a try, I hope you found this Palm review helpful. Do feel free to reach out with any questions or comments and I’m happy to share more of my experience. Palm also makes a great gift idea! Check out my 2020 luxury gift guide for tons of ideas on innovative brands to check off your holiday list.

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In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, this Palm review is in collaboration with Palm. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!