MONOCHROMATIC & PRIMARY COLORS | How To Wear It

MONOCHROMATIC & PRIMARY COLORS | How To Wear It

I have been so inspired by extreme streetwear brands, one in particular being Off-White by Virgil Abloh. Off-White is a super industrial, everyday-items-into-fashion type of brand, and I am absolutely obsessed. I love where streetwear is going because there is so much room for experimentation, creativity, and it’s okay to rock clashing primary colors. Bolder is better, and it looks super hard core. For this look, I really channeled my inner hypebeast and threw my own twist into it (denim on denim, it’s classic). I paired a matching beanie and long sleeve crewneck tee from J. Crew with this massively oversized Lee’s denim jacket that I thrifted, and my go-to high rise cigarette jeans from Reformation. To accessorize, I cinched the waist of my jacket with this super cool colorblocked D-ring belt, classic Chanel sunglasses, and this beautiful bright yellow leather bag that I picked up from J. Crew. The key to colorblocking with monochromatic colors like electric blue and bright yellow is to keep it concise. I tied in the shirt with the beanie, the bag with the belt, and brought the whole look back down to earth with staple pieces, such as high rise jeans and a denim jacket.

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the details

  • J. Crew Men’s Acrylic Solid Winter Beanie – (similar here)
  • J. Crew Long Sleeve Crew Neck – (here)
  • Reformation Camille High Cigarette Jean – (here)
  • Thrifted Lee’s Denim Jacket – (similar here)
  • J. Crew Parker Crossbody Bag – (here)
  • J. Crew Colorblock D-Ring Belt – (similar here)

XOXO,

Stella

MODE FILLE FRANÇAISE | How to Rock French Girl Fashion

MODE FILLE FRANÇAISE | How to Rock French Girl Fashion

If you’ve seen my “Recently Listened To” on Spotify, you’d see the Marie Antoinette (directed by Sophia Coppola) movie soundtrack, and that soundtrack has me feeling all kinds of ways. I tend to dress like what I listen to, and recently it’s been “Moi Je Joue” by Brigitte Bardot on repeat, and I’m totally not mad about it. The “it-girl” French fashion trend has us all wanting to glamorously stroll down the street to pick up a fresh baguette at a local café while rocking a beret and a neck scarf, but sometimes you have to make do with what you have! This weekend my city had a J. Crew warehouse sale, and after digging and digging through boxes of sample clothing from past catalog shoots, returned clothing, and random partnership pieces, I stumbled upon this glorious Millennial pink wool beret. To say my heart stopped beating is an understatement of just how excited I was to have found this treasure. To add to the excitement, it was only $8.00! The inner French girl in me was absolutely beaming at this find, and instantly I knew that I would be sporting this piece way more than I should.

I wanted to incorporate this gem into a wearable look, not just for an editorial shoot or for my annual holiday lookbook (which is coming up, by the way, so keep an eye out for the theme!), but something that I could wear to class and out in everyday life…because a non-French French girl has to be authentic, right? I paired this beautiful wool beret with a silk navy and white wide-leg jumpsuit with an amazing star pattern all over it, and layered the jumpsuit over a black turtleneck (because it wouldn’t be a LEWK without my “second skin”), and these amazing La Canadienne leather boots that I thrifted!

(And YES, I am blonde now! If you want to read all about it and see how I care for my blonde locks, read it here!)

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details:

  • italian wool beret – j. crew (here)
  • tissue turtleneck – j. crew (here)
  • petite tie-back jumpsuit in star print – j. crew (here)
  • solana booties – la canadienne (here)

AU REVIOR,

Stella

Back and Blonder than Ever – Everything I Learned and Everything I Wish I Knew

Back and Blonder than Ever – Everything I Learned and Everything I Wish I Knew

So I’ve been planning on going back to blonde for about a year now (If you creep way, way, way back on my Instagram, you’ll find it), but like many of us, I was coming up with reasons why I should put it off. Mostly it was a bit of PTSD from the last time I went blonde which was an absolute disaster. I originally wanted silvery grey hair, so I went in to get it done and the hairdresser ended up just completely botching it up. There were spots with red in it, spots with my natural, mousy-brown hair color showing through, lavender, and even blue patches. After a bit of a panic attack, I went back in to get my hair corrected. It took about five hours and I still walked out with an odd-shade of silver. I was sort of happy with it…until I washed my hair and the toner washed out in the shower. Then I was left with an odd cluster of blonde highlights. From there I just kept lightening my hair and ended up trying to bleach my own roots (they turned about the same shade as a brand new penny), and finally just threw in my towel, raised the white flag, called it quits and dyed my hair back to brown. It’s been brown ever since…up until Saturday.

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My impulsiveness showed itself once again! My mom and little sister had a hair appointment Saturday afternoon, and I woke up that morning with the urge to just go ahead and go blonde that day. It all worked out and I was able to squeeze in an appointment with my miracle-worker hairdresser. It took about three hours in a salon chair, to the sink, back to the salon chair, back to the sink, and a hair treatment worn home. In the end, I am ridiculously happy with how my hair turned out, and I am so excited to continue in the lightening process (aka my roots). Now, with going from brunette to straight blonde, there are some things that could go very, very wrong. Thankfully, I didn’t have too much trouble, but there are of course things that I wish I knew or things that I learned after going blonde.

I normally only ever wash my hair once a week, because my hair is naturally curly, very fine in texture, and I use heat on it every single day. Before bleaching your hair, if your hair texture is anything like mine, I would recommend going at least five days without washing your hair or using any sort of heat on it.  And of course…DO. YOUR. DANG. RESEARCH! Find a colorist that knows your hair type like the back of his/her hand. Thankfully, my colorist (Jessica at Anthony’s & Co.) is an actual genius and made sure to study my hair and really sit down with me before beginning the process to be sure that there was no miscommunication. I can’t stress enough how important it is to make sure that you and your colorist have a good understanding of the end goal, especially when it’s something as drastic as going from deep brunette to blonde in a matter of three hours.

Obviously, your hair isn’t going to get out scratch-free when you bleach it, so here are some of my favorite products to use when dealing with the aftermath of drastic lightening:

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generic value products conditioning purple shampoo

The Generic purple shampoo is honestly a gift from God Himself. The name brand purple shampoo is half the size of this bottle and twice as expensive, but it does the exact same thing. You can get this from your local Sally’s Beauty Supply store and it’s just under $7.00! I use this to combat any brassiness or yellow tones that could be in my hair. When I use this, I run my hair under luke-warm water (avoiding heat damage at all costs now) and *GENTLY lather into my bleached locks. I do this after washing my face and body as to avoid any of it rinsing out. Then, I chill in my bathroom for about 7-10 minutes while the purple tones my hair! Once time is up, I rinse, towel dry, and THEN run conditioner throughout my hair. I know, I know, I put conditioner in my hair AFTER I get out of the shower? Yes, and I leave it in overnight. Shockingly, it’s almost completely soaked into my hair and there is no greasiness.

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ogx nourishing coconut milk anti-breakage serum

Again, this is an extremely affordable product (under $10.00!) and can be found at your local Target! When dealing with post-bleached hair, the second main concern after brassiness is breakage. I love this product because it’s specifically for fighting breakage, it’s lightweight, and it smells freaking GOOD. But seriously, this serum is great for concentrating on certain spots of the hair, specifically towards the ends. I use this on the little wispy bits that hang down when I pull my hair back, the ends of my hair, and the hairs framing my face. These are the sections that took the biggest hit and this serum has honestly made the world of a difference in the health and look of my hair.

For real though, I absolutely LOVE my hair and I am so thrilled with how it turned out! A huge thanks to my insanely talented hairdresser/colorist for making my locks slay the dang game! If you’re ever in Lynchburg and you’re looking for someone to step up your hair game, she’s the one to visit.

XOXO,

Stella

BLACK IS THE NEW BLACK | MONOCHROME STREETSTYLE FT. TOBI

BLACK IS THE NEW BLACK…

And there’s no better look to transition into the fall season than classic monochrome. Monochrome looks are the easiest, quickest, and most fool-proof way to look über chic without any hassle. I teamed up with Los Angeles based retailer, Tobi, to bring you my take on the ultimate Summer-to-Fall monochrome look. I paired my Tobi Diem Skort Romper with some classic Chanel Butterfly shades, my go-to Madewell hoops, a super cool layered choker that I actually thrifted, and some oldie-but-goodie Madewell woven wrap-around d’orsay flats! To take this look from Summer to Fall, I threw on my favorite thrifted denim jacket (it’s clearly been loved a lot!).

the DETAILS

SHOP the LOOK

  • Diem Skort Romper – here

  • Gold Hoops – here

  • Gold Choker – thrifted

  • Denim Jacket – thrifted

  • Chanel Signature Butterfly Sunglasses – here

  • Madewell Woven D’orsay Flat – similar

XOXO,

DOWNTOWN: HINTS OF BLACK AND GOLD

TODAY WE DECIDED…

To head downtown to soak up the Lynchburg sunshine (crying because it won’t last long). Saturdays are the best Downtown L-burg days because the market is open, and there’s a great vibe. I had a fabulous day downtown with my mom and mushy little sister, Beatrice. I actually got to wear something other than a giant, puffy coat. Of course, I took advantage of the opportunity…

TODAY’S LOOK:

JEANS: J. Crew

TURTLENECK: J. Crew

VEST: J. Crew

FLATS: J. Crew

EARRINGS: J. Crew

RINGS: J. Crew

BELT: J. Crew

BAG: Dr. Martens

Just because she’s too cute not to include…

She’s so mushy. Be sure to check out all the places featured in this post (Moyanne’s, Estates & Consignments, and the Saturday Market)! These are all such phenomenal places and they make Downtown Lynchburg such an awesome area.

*BEA'S FAVORITE SATURDAY MARKET FEATURE: THE HONEY STICKS! BE SURE TO HEAD ON OVER ON A BEAUTIFUL SATURDAY AND CHECK THEM OUT!
*BEA’S FAVORITE SATURDAY MARKET FEATURE: THE HONEY STICKS! BE SURE TO HEAD ON OVER ON A BEAUTIFUL SATURDAY AND CHECK THEM OUT!

I hope you all had a day as beautiful as mine!

XOXO,

STELLA