In Partnership with The Daily Bustle: The Trends of Spring that are Blossoming Up Everywhere

Spring time is just around the corner, which means flowers blossoming and new fashion trends sprouting up. There are so many fun trends coming out for Spring fashion like new twists on florals, statement earrings, knitted scarves, which don’t get me wrong I love these all, but I am going to touch on a few that I have recently fallen in love with.

Lets first start with bright stripes and pom poms not only are they some of the top trends in stores, but also in my closet. In Spring time it is all about bright colors and fun details, which is why bright stripes and pom poms makes these perfect trends. With each ensemble you want to avoid overloading with multiple trends of the season, but pairing a couple together seamlessly is never a bad idea 🙂 That is exactly what was fun about this featured look where I was able to pair Spring bright stripes and pom poms.

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{Attire LA Sunglasses, Juicy Couture Necklace & Bracelet, Chinese Laundry Blue Suede Booties and all paired with the Spring Trends of a Bright Stripe Dress paired with an Embroidered Pom Pom Clutch both by Sidecca}

To piggy back on putting trends into one look, here are my next favorite and finals trends right now are all things bows and tassels. I am even writing this with a gold Bow pen from Paper Source. Spring fashion trends are also about sweet, girly, delicate, chic pieces, which is why these are simply Spring fantastic. The delicate, chic, sweet, girlyness of these both is why I love putting these two pieces together in an elegant way. Bows and tassels can be styled for a casual day to a dressy , which is what I have done below.

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{Juicy Couture Sunglasses, Victoria’s Secret Good Vibes Bodysuit, Voyage Clothing Terrycloth Sweats, Xhilaration Wedge Sneakers paired with the trends of an Attire LA Bow Pony holder and a Nordstrom Rack Tassel Beaded Necklace}

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{Mossimo Denim Jeans, Sidecca Sparkle Heels, Zenana Outfitters Tank paired with Attire LA Bow Pony holder, T&J Design Tassel Necklace and an Embroidered Tassel Blouse}

These are all 4 fantastic Spring trends for 2017 and there are so many others to keep a look out for like sexy athleisure, velvet everything, bralettes, Over the Knee boots (featured below), statement pendant necklaces, 80s glam and so much more.

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{Juicy Couture Sunglasses, Merona Turtleneck Sweater, H&M layered necklace, Mossimo Jeans, Ora Delaphine Tote paired with the Over the Knee boots by Forever 21}

What I love about all these Spring trends is you can make them all your own. Fashion is about making it yours in Spring and beyond so go out and make these trends your own. Who knows you may have started a trend of your own 🙂 !

Be sure to tag us (Rachel insert your instagram handle 🙂 and @livelaughstyle on Instagram using the #SimplySpringFantastic to show us how you ar rocking your favorite Spring trends !

~ Kerry Miller of KLM Fashion Style

*Head on over to https://www.thedailybustle.com/blog/2017-spring-trends for the original piece that I wrote for the Spring Season trends

Finding Your Passion and Sticking to It

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We all strive to find our passions in life and making those passions happens. Finding one’s passion is the greatest feeling to find. How do we find our passion in life? A passion is something I feel is sometimes inherently inside of us throughout our lives. Passion can change depending on what stages we are at in our lives. We can have more than one thing we are passionate at a time. Now finding the passion that is yours can take some time if you don’t inherently know, which is where I am at so totally with you all.

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One thing I would like to point out and mentions is that, don’t ever let anyone put you down for the passions you choose to follow in your life. Now on to some tips I have found helpful in discovering my own passions and hope they are ones that help you all as well.

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Meditation is a key benefit in finding your passion because it allows you to sit with yourself and focus on the present, which leads to finding a passion or passions to follow. When there is too much noise and things going on it is hard to deciphere the passions you want to stick with in your life , which is why the focus of mediation help gets rid of the noise to be able to focus on you and what you want to do in life.

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Journaling on a daily basis is an activity that allows us to get not only the good thoughts out on paper, but to release the thoughts that are holding you back from pursuing your passions. Once you write them out your mind is free to follow and focus on the things you are most passionate about.

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This third and final tip I have today is all about talking things out with those that know you the best: family and friends. Talking out how you want to pursue your passions or trying to figure out your passions, can give you amazing insite in how to go forward. This allows you to keep moving, pursuing and following your passions.

This is the best gift you can give yourself in pursing and following your passions in life.

I leave you with this, be true to yourself, never feel bad for following your dreams or let anyone tell you no. We can all make our passions and dreams happen !

Lots of Passion & Joy !


*Quotes and Idea Images from Google Images

*Girl Boss Mug from Cube Appeal, Journal from Cost Plus World Market, Planner from Sugar Paper LA

Love with Fashion Flare

Valentine’s Day is all about the love and expressing that love. One of those ways to express your love is through fashion. Putting together a great ensemble for Galentine’s Day with girlfriends or Valentine’s Day with that special someone just creates a feeling of love that exudes throughout the evening.

Here are a few ways to dress for a celebration of love. Make each look your own and don’t forget to include some love in each ensemble you choose to rock for Love Day celebrations.

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Pose for Pink
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Smile for Love
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JINS Sunglasses paired with an on trend Sidecca Patch tank, Mossimo Jeans and Sam Edelman gladiator sandals
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Kate Spade Bow Purse paired with Beaded Tassel Bracelet
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Macaroons are always a good choice 🙂

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Love is always a reason to smile especially with Michael Kors, Sidecca and Target

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Chanel Sunglasses paired with Sidecca Lace Gown
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Love for Lace
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Kicking Up my Red Nine West Heels for Love

 

One of my favorite things about Valentine’s Day is celebrating with amazing friends and this year I got to celebrate with my gal pal Jessica Pinedo of Just Jess Fashion with an amazing Love themed photo shoot in West Hollywood, which you can see below and above.

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Both Jess and I chose to celebrate this Valentine’s Day with Kate Spade !

Thank you to all for the love you show me and sending you all the love right back !

The Perfect Love Day Gifts

Love is in the air and that means it is time to shower our loved ones with gifts. What is great about these gifts is they are perfect for whenever the mood strikes to gift and express your love throughout the year. So here are few fun choices to pick from 🙂

Have fun with loved ones !

For Her:(Perfect gifts for your sister, mom, spouse, friends and any gal you love in your life)

1.Kate Spade Wrap Things Up Leather Bow Wrap Bracelet (can be personalized with her initials)

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2. Coach Small Wallet in Wild Hearts Print

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3. Modcloth Adorned and Energized Scarf

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For Him:(Perfect gifts for your dad, brother, spouse, friends and any guy you love in your life)

1. Michael Kors Bryant Large Leather Briefcase

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2. Wooden Sports Signs by The Tipsy Carpenter on Etsy

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3. MLB NEW Era Banner Patch Cap( of his favorite MLB team) from LIDS

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Hope these help inspire you to spread the love and pick up the perfect surprise 🙂

Remember, it is all about being with the ones you love and telling them how you feel while also continuously spreading the joy of love 🙂 Have fun with loved ones on Valentine’s Day or the day you choose to celebrate !

Hey Chicago Whatya Say

“Ability may get you to the top, but it takes character to keep you there.” ~ Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub

How do I put into words this past baseball season with my Chicago Cubbies ? Every time I have tried to I start being a ball of emotion. It has now been two months and a couple weeks since their World Series win and although I definitely am still an emotional ball of joy, I finally feel like I am wrapping my head around what happened on November 3rd, 2016 and the dates that led up to it.

With Spring Training just around the corner now is the perfect time to reflect. This was a day and event that my dad, myself and all Cubs fan will never forget. We are Cubs fans no matter and the Cubbies definitely did not suck !

The events leading up to the 2016 World Series began way before. It began before I was born, which is when it was decided I would be raised a Cubs fan. Both my parents are from Chicago, my mom likes the Cubs, but my dad is a diehard fan since he was 5  years old so being a Chicago Cubs fan is in my blood. You best believe I am proud of that.

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It took the Cubs a while to get here, but the heart and working to get here never waviered. The struggles made us stronger, including 1945, 1984, 2008, the 101 loss season, and everything before and in between, but it all made 2016 that much sweeter, surreal and allow us to appreciate it that much more. We can truly now say the goat is dead !

Now the playoffs of 2016 were slowly approaching and the Cubs clinched a playoff berth in September with their 103 wins and now it was time to tackle the San Francisco Giants in the NLDS. It is a team that has been amazing in even years and the one that made me the most nervous, but the Cubbies didn’t let that phase them. Throughout this series there were moments where it was thought to be over like when were down, a 13-inning loss, which is one of the moments my dad and I felt a hit to our gut, but the Cubbies continued to battle back and advanced to the NLCS against the LA Dodgers.

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Here we were now in the NLCS, the series before the World Series, and it has been 8 years since the Cubs have been here. The 108 years since winning a World Series is  flashing before our eyes and I can feel it, it’s our time!

Growing up in LA as a Chicago Cubs fan was interesting, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. So we watched the Cubs face one of the best pitchers in Clayton Kershaw and lost, but the Cubs found a fire and fought back and killed it in Game 2. Chicago was electric around Wrigley Field and the bus came back from being down 3-1 and won the series. Guess what ? My dad and I got to hear the words, “The Cubs have one the National League Pennant and are going to the World Series!”

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I watched this final game at home with my parents and to share in it with my parents and to share in it with them was a flood gates of emotion. To watch my dad watch the moment where the Cubs clinched the pennant to advance to the World Series, well it makes me cry tears of joy. It is a moment I will never forget and always cherish.

I still couldn’t believe I was sitting down with my dad to watch the Chicago Cubs take on the Cleveland Indians in the World Series. Something neither of us have ever seen, but dad has known more pain then I have with the Cubs. I do feel some of his though. Through out this series I think I soaked up his nerves because I was a wreck: screaming and pacing. This was still such an amazing time to watch the World Series between 2 teams that collectively have gone 168 years without a World Series win, which is crazy, but made for one heck of a World Series.

We watched at home, with fellow Chicago fans and at Rocco’s Tavern, all truly made for some spectacular moments. I could go on and on about the ups and downs of the World Series so I will touch on a few moments that stand out.

Lets start with Javier Baez stealing home in Game 1 . I think we all did a double take because it’s like who steals home in the World Series? Well Javier Baez of the Cubbies does and as Joe Maddon said , “That is true baseball instinct that cannot be taught.”

Then we have Grandpa Rossy’s homer in Game 7 that helped the Cubs move forward and ahead in the game. For his last game ever, he went out on top! I am a Grandpa Rossy fan for life.

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The Cubbies were leading the whole game and then there was moment in the 8th inning of Game 7 where Cubs fans ,including my dad and myself, felt like we all go punched in the stomach. That moment was when Rajai Davis hit a 3 run homer off one of the great closers, Aroldis Chapman, to tie the game. Chap and everyone came back and were able to shut the 9th inning down, but it felt like hope was dwindling. So I was at Rocco’s Tavern with my dad and friends and I went to the bathroom and said a prayer for the Cubs to find the strength and heart they have had all year to make this historic win happen. What happened next is a true miracle, the rain came tumbling down in Cleveland and usually it is the worst thing to happen to a game, but this may been the one time players and fans were thankful for it. Luckily the rain fall happened for only 10 minutes, but during that time Jason Heyward of the Chicago Cubs gave a speech to his team that relit the fire again to keep going and that they could make it all happen. Boy did that turn it around along with Ben Zobrist and Miguel Montero’s hits in the 10th to bring it home.

It is now the bottom of the 11th with Carl Edwards JR pitching 2 outs and Mike Montgomery is now on the mound with tying runs on base, nerves are in full swing. The ball gets hit to Kris Bryant who slips, but makes the throw at first to Anthony Rizzo, which he caught and the out was made. Anthony Rizzo making the catch and putting that ball in his pocket was more than meant to be considering he was with the Cubbies when they had 101 losses. The moment of all things amazing was real and it was true. the Cubs were and are the 2016 World Series Champs !!!!!!!

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I hugged my dad who was in a joyous state of shock and Go Cubs Go was everywhere along with the hugging of strangers. Life was and is forever changed because baseball is family and being a Chicago Cubs fan just got a little bit sweeter, actually a lot of bit sweeter!

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All I have to say now is Hey Chicago Whatya Say ? The Cubs are World Series Champs today !!

Here is to the next season! We will be embracing the target !

~Kerry , Cubs Fan for Life

P.S. Loved seeing all the celebs out in support like Eddie Vetter, Bill Murray, Brett Eldridge and many more. Along with that record breaking Game 7 the victory parade in Chicago was amazing with a record breaking 5 million present and one we will never forget. Here is to the next one 🙂

Time Spent with Angel Brinks

In kicking off my interview series of women entrepreneurs in the New Year, I picked Angel Brinks because she truly is inspiring in her professional and personal life. She is a strong, talented, fashion designer, red carpet fashion corespondent and entrepreneur. She does this all while being an amazing mom, which pushes her to always do more for her family. I will definitely always be channeling her perseverance, passion and drive in my own life.

She was a pleasure, inspiration and joy to interview, get to know and find out some great tips on the great trend of street denim.

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Here is that interview:

1.When did you know you wanted to become an entrepreneur ?

After having jobs, working for other people, I knew it was only temporary. I knew I had a talent that needed to be shared with the world.  I knew it would take money and education. So I decided to major in business and minor in fashion. Ever since I was a young girl, I would watch my grandmother sew and I took a liking to it. I would start to put patches on my clothing, shred my jeans, and make something out of whatever I had. I would pretend I had my own clothing store. Growing up in the performing arts, I took a seriously liking to performance gear. My love for it all just grew. All was left to it was to master the business side of it as well as the fundamentals of making clothing.

2. What gets you to keep going in your life and business ?

I have a lot of drive and ambition. I was raised in a home where I saw my whole family get up and go to work every day. My grandfather lived till he was 80, and he went to work until his dying day. I don’t know anything different. I know I have a family to raise, and I want my children to be raised knowing they have to have drive and ambition like me. I want my children to have everything they need. I do it all for them, their education, and future.

3. Who in your life continues to inspire you ?

My children are my biggest inspiration of course. Outside of that, I would have to say women. I want to solve problems, I majored in business. Supply and demand. There is a big demand in certain things us women find no supply of. Women’s needs have to be met! I want to make it easier for women to find what they’re looking for in me, my store. I want them to feel secure, happy, confident, sexy. I am inspired by women like Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Michelle Obama, who all have been given this platform to show the world that as a woman, you can be smart, successful, hard working, and a great mother at the same time. All while with a smile on their face. I know as women we all go through so much, and regardless of that, these women hold their head high and do it with a smile. This shows strength and that’s very admirable to me. This all inspired me every day to work hard, and make it through all trial and tribulations.

4. What do you want your legacy to be ?

I definitely want to be a successful fashion designer, to leave a remarkable stamp in the industry, to have brought something different. A lot of designers don’t offer plus size in materials that I use. They don’t want to offer custom sizing, it’s too much work. They make things in bulk or with factory machines. I employ US workers, which obviously has costs at an all time high. But that’s ok. Not too many designers offer anything close to what we do, one on one designing for all sizes. In business you have to bring something different to the game to succeed and go further.

“Chic streetwear denim a super hot trend for for winter 2016/spring 2017! The look is extremely diverse and super practical. Here are a few of my denim staple must haves to have you looking your absolute best this season:

– Denim chokers – Chokers are a huge trend on their own right now and I can’t get enough of the denim ones.  They are so neutral, match with everything and can totally dress your outfit up or down.I love them so much I just launched my own choker line with a ton of denim selections including looks featuring rhinestones, patchwork and fraying.  Check them out here.

– Distressed and destroyed denim – This is a great way to make a casual look super edgy.

– Patchwork – Patchwork denim will turn heads as a pair of highwaisted jeans or even some knee-high boots (Nicki Minaj recently rocked a pair of my brand new patchwork boots) but because the look has so much going on, make sure you pair it with something basic and solid such as a white tee or solid color dress.

-Denim bags – I have a huge handbag collection and am notorious for always switching them out with my different outfits.Earlier this year I made myself an every day denim bag that I used a few days out the week since it went with practically everything and I was constantly getting stopped everywhere I went about the bag so I decided to start offering them on my site AngelBrinks.com and now I can barely keep them in stock. Bonus points if your denim bag has fringe which I can’t get enough of!

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Be sure to follow Angel on Instagram for amazing inspiration in fashion, but in life: @angelbrinks and don’t forget to let us know how you style your street denim this season by using #KLMFashionStyle #AngelBrinks.

Thank you and Happy New Year!

Fabulous Co Worker Gift Ideas for the Office Christmas Party in Partnership with Cube Appeal

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Jingle Bells on full blast must mean holiday cheer is in the air. With songs for the holidays in the air comes shopping for those festive holiday parties that we will all be attending. Before you put on your Christmas best, lets kick off the holidays with a great gift guide.

We all have someone in our lives especially at the office that are obsessed with starting the day with a cup of joe. So what do we get the coffee lover in the office for Christmas ? An amazing mug like this “Eat Sleep Hustle ” by Cube Appeal.

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For that inner girl boss whose always jotting down ideas throughout the day is what makes this combo of the Girl Boss Journal from Cube Appeal with Kate Spade Gold Pen set. These will definitely create a twinkle of thoughts underneath the Christmas tree.

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Everyone also loves to be pampered around the holidays, I know I do so why not give a gift of relaxation. Need some inspiration on what to get for the one who loves a great spa treatment? Check out this Shea Deluxe Gift Set from The Body Shop and I promise it will make a splash of luxe !

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Now sitting by the fire place with a cup of hot coco in my Cube Appeal, Girl Boss mug there are a few items that are a have to have under the office Christmas tree. You think what must those be, they are the gifts always listed on the nice list and here they are.

*Chanel No.5 Office Print from Cube Appeal, which always spices up the office throughout the year for a coworker who loves French Fashion inspired art .

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*Reindeer Christmas Sequin Tote from EmmabellasDesigns on Etsy is bound to create a sense of holiday cheer all while carryin g your favorite office essentials.

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*Handpainted Round Triangle Watch from Jill Makes on Etsy, which is bound to keep one of your coworkers on time in the new year.

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*4 Pack Hair to Go Set by Drybar at Ulta for the closeted hair stylists on the go.

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Remember to have fun with holiday gift shopping by grabbing your hot chocolate and holiday tunes while on the hunt for the perfect coworker presents.

With hot chocolate in hand and singing your favorite Christmas song, lets finish up the gift guide with some on trend items this season.

Remember when we put patches on our jeans and pins on our jackets, well I have good news, patches and pins are back in a whole new way just in time for Christmas. Whether your coworker loves to change up their jean jacket, favorite purse or changing it up for casual Friday then this #planneraddict pin set and strawberry patch from Bando are the perfect gift.

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A gift that helps kick off the new year on a high note is one of the best types. One of the best gifts that achieves this is a Fab Fit Fun Box membership, a monthly motivation that will kick each month off right with on trend items that get you excited.

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Rounding out the holiday gift guide is for the office is shoes beyond shoes. We all have someone in the office that is a shoe collector and gifting them these Mossimo Supply Co Lunea Floral Patterned Canvas Sneakers at Target are a gift that is bound to put a smile on their shoe collector face.

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These are some of my favorites for office gift giving, don’t forget to share some of your favorites by tagging myself, @livelaughstyle and Cube Appeal, @cubeappeal on instagram and using the #HolidayGuideCubeAppealxKLM .

Happy Holidays and Ho Ho Ho to everyone !

~Kerry of KLM Fashion Style

(*Find the original post on http://www.cubeappeal.com)