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trend alert: HAIR FLAIR

I started paying attention to the barrette trend when Man Repeller debuted colorful “Repeller Flagpoles” as part of their Holiday Buffet. I associate hair accessories of this nature with my childhood – wearing my hair half-back with a barrette was my signature look from ages 4-9. (Thanks, mom!)

I love a practical trend, and can’t wait to put my stash of hair clips/pins/etc. to use when the warm weather comes and I feel like getting dressed again. In the meantime, here’s some style Pinspiration and a bunch of my bargain barrette picks so you can add some flair to your hair.

For the color-lover.

For the free spirit.

For the star-gazer.

For the cat lady.

For the ’90s kid at heart.

For the minimalist.

For a pop of millennial pink.

For the flirt.

For the beach babe.

images from Pinterest. 

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long live the mule!

This semi-pinspiration post is dedicated to my all-time favorite shoe: the mule. As someone who is just over 5 feet tall, I’m always looking for shoes that give me a little extra height without being over-the-top. I bought a pair of black mules about a year and a half ago (does that make me a trendsetter?) because I loved the manageable heel and retro vibe…plus they were on sale at H&M.

The chunky, reasonable heel height on these shoes makes them comfortable enough to wear all day, and the style is chic enough to wear for date-night. I’m currently lusting after these Marais sandals, and this Man Repeller feature seriously made me consider investing in a pair. Here are some of my other favorite mules this season:

  1. These Loeffler Randall slides. (Thanks for the inspo, Oh Joy!)
  2. These suede Jeffrey Campbell beauties.
  3. These Steve Madden mules that are straight out of Jackie Burkhart’s closet.
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#PSL

“You can’t enjoy your pumpkin spice latte if you’re too busy Instagramming it, you know?” My friend Danielle said it best regarding the popular #PSL that yields nearly 300,000 posts on social media app Instagram.

In 2014, one of the most iconic indicators of fall is Starbucks signature beverage, the limited edition pumpkin spice latte that arrives nationwide for one season only. My sister remarked that the trendy PSL is popular because of the novelty and status that comes with it, rather than people’s desire for a traditional fall experience.

I, without shame, admit I am a fan of the pumpkin spice latte. That being said, I have one PSL every fall, enjoy it, occasionally Instagram it, and then return to my usual Starbucks order (grande vanilla blonde roast with soy). The thing is, I love fall. It is my favorite season other than summer, and I feel that the fall season has officially arrived when fashion week debuts in NYC and the token PSL becomes available to all.

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P.S. My #PSL got 62 likes on instagram

Pumpkin really isn’t an appetizing food item. Pumpkins are what we carved as children on Halloween, scooping out the stringy insides and roasting the seeds. We buy cans of pumpkin to bake pies on Thanksgiving. So, I’m wondering who’s idea it was to mix pumpkin and coffee?

I guess the point is that when we order our PSLs, we don’t want pumpkin coffee. We want fall coffee. Something warm and cozy and familiar that smells like my mom’s pie-filled house on Thanksgiving eve. So regardless of where you find yourself this November, you can buy fall in a coffee cup for just $5.

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