The Foolproof Way for Classy Chic Girls to Wear Black Jeans

Hello lovelies! One of the harder pieces to style in a chic wardrobe is destructed black jeans. I have a pair of faded Gap ones that I wear all the time with sneakers and a tee when I want to wear something casual and edgy. I think mixing two different style s creates an interesting outfit, so today I’ve styled a pair of edgy black jeans to be chic and classy!

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My go-to classy top is a white blouse. They’re simple, relatively easy to style, and there is so many types to choose from. I’m wearing a white blouse with flutter sleeves from Trendz Boutique, but this outfit would look super cute with a classic white button up too.

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Accessories always make or break the look. I wanted to make sure I really made the chic part of the outfit come through, so I added mules. I’m not a huge fan of bright colors with black, but a subtle blush compliments the destructed denim well. Stripes are a pattern I heavily associate with a classy chic style. I’m living for my striped Sam bag right now and I’m constantly reaching for it no matter the occasion. If you want to read more about it, head on over to the review I did awhile back after you’re done reading this post!

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I kept my hair sleek with a low bun to finish off the look. Styling destructed black jeans to be chic can be a little hard. I suggest really amping up the girliness with the rest of your look, like I did with the flutter sleeves. Pick the right accessories that will contrast the edginess of the black jeans, but not clash.

What’s your favorite way to style black destructed jeans? Let me know on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest!

xoxo, The Chic Flamingo

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Spring Shopping Wishlist

Hello lovelies! A few weeks back on the blog, I shared how I budget shop for spring and a few items I was planning on getting. Although I’m trying to save money, it’s still fun to look! With this cold weather we are having right now in Ohio, I’ve been doing a tad bit more online shopping and window shopping than normal. I’m just tired of cold weather clothes, so I find myself scrolling through stores online finding inspiration and wishing I was able to wear the clothes I’m looking at. Today, I’ve rounded up a few of the items I have stashed in my online cart that are making me wish it was spring!

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1. Gap Bag 2. Target Top 3. Old Navy Romper 4. Old Navy Dress 5. Target Sunglasses

6. JCrew Skirt 7. Gap Top 8. Old Navy Shoes 9. Target Shoes 10. Gap Short

Seriously, I’m dying for warmer weather! I wish I could buy everything from this post, but I’m still saving up, like I mentioned in my Spring Budget Shopping post. Let me know what you’ve been dying to purchase on my Instagram, Facebook, or Pintereset!

xoxo, The Chic Flamingo

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Let’s Talk Trend: Kitten Heels

Hello lovelies! I am back for another edition of my “Let’s Talk Trend” series! If you don’t know already, “Let’s Talk Trend” is a series where I discuss current trends and showcase a few different pieces that encapsulate that trend. Today, we’re talking all about one of my new favorite trends, the slingback kitten heel. So, let’s talk trend!

The kitten heel has been a fashion girl favorite for awhile now, and it isn’t hard to see why. Kitten heels offer a little bit of height, but aren’t impossible to walk in. Lately, I’ve seen a lot of kitten heels in the retro slingback style, and I’m all about it!

From neutrals, prints, and pops of colors, slingback kitten heels can be found pretty much anywhere right now. Pair a hot pink pair with white denim and a white bell sleeve top for a fun, spring look. Or, style a white pair with a denim skirt and a graphic tee for a casual, cool girl vibe. There’s not doubt these fancy shoes go with everything!

Here’s a few of my favorite slingback kitten heels right now:

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The first pair of slingback kitten heels I came across were these Kate Spade Ollie heels. I think we all can agree that everything is better with a bow on it, so these KSNY heels really take the cake.

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Can we take a moment to thank Target for creating the most adorable, yet affordable shoes? If you want to rock this trend, I suggest these red heels from Target for only $24.99.

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I’m also really obsessing over this “shocking pink” pair from Gap. I swear one of these days I’m gonna crack down and buy them, but for now, they’ll just sit in my online cart.

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I’ve always been a fan of Sam Edelman shoes, and these white slingback heels are no exception! Not to mention, white shoes are so on trend right now.

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What do you think about the slingback kitten heels trend? Let me know on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest!

xoxo, The Chic Flamingo

 

 

The Iconic Kate Spade Sam Bag

Hello lovelies! Last fall, Kate Spade showed an updated version of their iconic Sam bag at fashion week. I watched the Kate Spade live video on Instagram of their showcase, and knew immediately I had to get the bag! I have been obsessed with Kate Spade for years now, and own several bags from the brand. So, when the Sam was finally released about a month ago, I started to scope out which one I would get!

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Before I got the bag, I did check out all the different variations of the bag. The Sam comes in materials like fabric, leather, canvas, and even straw. There’s so many colors, patterns, and sizes to choose from, so it’s easy to say there is a Sam for every girl out there! Originally, I thought I wanted the black nylon Sam, but after seeing the striped nylon in store, I knew it was the one.

Typically I’d go for a leather bag, but in true spirit of the original Sam, I opted for the nylon. Plus, I didn’t have a nylon bag until I got it, so it’s a little bit different then the rest of my collection.

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The Sam is absolutely perfect for everyday use. It’s not too big or too small, and has a zipper closure to keep the bag shut. Inside, there’s two open pockets and one zippered pocket. It also came with a removable black strap, so it can be carried as a cross body, on the shoulder, or in your hand. The bottom of the bag is very sturdy and has metal feet to protect the underneath side of it from dust or dirt. I personally love that the bottom and edges of the bag are thicker because it will prevent the bag from slouching.

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Overall, the Kate Spade Sam lived up to every expectation I had. I’m in love with the striped nylon version, but you should definitely take a look at the other versions before you buy to see which one is right for you! Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest to see more of my daily life!

xoxo, The Chic Flamingo

How I Budget Shop for a New Season

Hello lovelies! With spring quickly approaching, it’s time for a wardrobe update that includes fresh trends and a few new basics. I would love to go out and spend hundreds of dollars on all new clothing, but like most people, I can’t do that 2-4 times a year. Before the last fall/winter season, I sat down, did some research, and created a list of pieces I was absolutely getting for those two seasons. This list wasn’t just limited to trend pieces, but also for new basics. By doing this, I was able to budget myself and ensure I wouldn’t buy random pieces I’d wear twice. This method also allowed me to save enough money to buy a Gucci belt, so if you’re wanting to save some money, keep reading!

1. Read the season trend reports

To know what’s going to be in for the coming season, read the trend reports. I like to read ones from Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and Elle. It also helps to skim through a few magazines and circle clothes, shoes, and accessories that catch your eye. Scrolling through Instagram and checking out your favorite fashion blogs is an easy way to find trends that are popular at the moment. Once you’ve found your inspiration, create a list of trends and pieces that you want to incorporate into your wardrobe. I include both trends I know I can pull of, and ones I’m not so sure about. For example, square necklines are popular right now, but they aren’t flattering on me. Trends I don’t like get crossed off my list, so I can focus on the ones I do like.

2. Shop your closet

I’m a huge fan of shopping my closet, so I go through it to get rid of stuff about every two months. Look in your closet and find pieces you know you aren’t going to wear, or clothes that don’t fit. Donate, sell, or trash these things because there is no point of letting them take up space in your closet! I’m SUPER guilty of being a clothing hoarder, but today I shopped my closet and got rid of the pieces I’ve never worn, but keep just in case I end up liking them. This RARELY happens, but if you can’t part with a piece because you might wear it in the future, or because it has sentimental value, then put it in a box to store away. See if you find anything you own already that is trendy for the upcoming season. When I shopped my closet, I found a white eyelet blouse that seems to be pretty popular right now. Now, I can check that trend off my list because I already have a piece similar!

3. Browse your favorite stores

Now that you’ve shopped your closet, check out some of your favorite stores. Is there anything you HAVE to have? One piece I’ve been dying to have is a denim skirt, so I purchased this one from Gap. I’ve been so into skirts these past six months, and I know it’s going to be something I wear a lot. I love to shop the new arrivals section and look for any trends that weren’t necessarily listed on trend reports, but still look like they are going to be big for the coming season.

4. Start your list

This list includes specific pieces, as well as trends. I included the exact denim skirt I wanted but also more gingham pieces in general, whether they be tops or shoes. The main thing to consider when starting your list is what is a need and what is a want. Yeah, I WANT five different colors of slingback kitten heels, but I really only need one pair. Make sure when you’re making this list, you’re considering your personal style. As mentioned earlier, square necklines are trendy, but they aren’t flattering on me and I don’t care for them. They aren’t me, so why would I waste my money on them?

Depending on your budget and closet size, your list can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One thing to remember about your list is that it is a guideline, and not a rulebook. It’s great to keep in mind while shopping, but you don’t have to buy everything on it. And, you can buy a piece that’s not on it occasionally if it’s something you genuinely love.

Shop a few of the things on my spring budget list below!

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1. Old Navy Pink D’Orsay Flats  2. Gap Slingback Kitten Heels  3. Gap Pleated Trousers

4. J Crew Wrap Top  5. Gap Denim Skirt  6. Kate Spade Cameron Street Large Lane in Black 

7. Kate Spade Sunglasses  8. Target Gingham Flats  9. Target Gingham Top

10. Express Gingham Dress  11. Marc Fisher Kickoff Wedge Sandal from DSW

What’s on your list this season? Comment on this post, or let me know on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest!

xoxo, The Chic Flamingo

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Flamingo’s Top Four-January

Hello lovelies! Let’s take a moment to celebrate the end of the first month of 2018! I’m pretty sure everyone thinks January feels like two months in one, but regardless January was a great month. If you’re interested in reading the more personal side of my January recap, then head on over to my last post. Today, we are focusing on fashion and a few of my favorite things from this past month.

1. Dark Wash Jeans

I finally found the PERFECT pair of plain, dark wash jeans. These jeans are simple and have no distressing, so they are appropriate for a wide range of occasions. I’ve worn them nonstop this month, and they’ve quickly became my staple dark wash denim. They look lovely with fancy fur, but also pair well will casual outfits like this tee and cardi combo below! Unfortunately, the only size left is a 26, but Gap has quite a few pairs that are similar.

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2. Black Fur Jacket

Yep, I bought more fur! It’s an obsession that I doubt will be going away anytime soon. I couldn’t resist because it was on sale for about $100 off. Fur is great for adding a statement piece to a basic outfit. I’ve worn this jacket with leggings, a white tee, and rose gold sneakers for a chic, athlesiure look. This item is on sale and in stock in an XS and S, and comes in pink as well. Head on over to Gap because their winter sale is too good to resist!

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3. Rose Gold Hoops

One of my favorite accessories to pair with a black fur jacket is rose gold hoop earrings. I got this pair from Macy’s awhile ago, but the only come in gold now. Honestly, I’m dying for any kind of hoop earring right now, and there is less expensive rose gold pairs at Macy’s that are just as darling. The hoop earring, especially big pairs, are having quite the moment in the fashion scene right now!

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4. Too Faced La Crème Color Drenched Lip Cream

I’m a fan of moisturizing lipsticks, and I love them even more if they are super pigmented. I found the Too Faced La Crème Color Drenched Lip Cream in the shade Double Bubble at Marshalls the other week, and picked it up to test it out. I totally regret not picking up the nude shade they had there as well because I love this product so much. Not only is it buttery smooth, it has an amazing color pay off and wears really well. It doesn’t look like Sephora carries the product at all, and Ulta doesn’t carry the exact shade. I did find it on Amazon for $15 if you’re interested in Double Bubble, but there is other gorgeous shades at Ulta worth checking out!

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I’m so ready to take on February, find new products and clothing, and share them with you next month! Follow my Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest to find out when I upload my next Flamingo’s Top Four.

Skincare Routine

Hello lovelies! For the past year I’ve been struggling with acne, oily skin, and scarring. Makeup is a lifesaver and I’ve gotten pretty good at covering up the scarring, but I’d really love to have skin clear again so I can cut down time on my morning routine. I use to have very deep, cystic acne, but lately my breakouts tend to be small pimples that pass quickly. Although my face isn’t completely clear yet, actually it’s far from, I thought I’d share the routine I’ve been doing for awhile now that’s finally working, I hope!

To Cleanse:

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Every morning and night I use the Tea Tree Oil face wash by The Body Shop. I picked up my bottle at Marshalls for only $10, but you can find it at Ulta too. In the morning, I wash my face using just my hands. In the evening, I use it with a wash cloth to gently exfoliate the dead skin off my face. Tea tree oil is great for both drying acne, and fading scars.

To Tone:

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After I’ve cleansed my skin, I use apple cider vinegar to tone and to get any excess makeup off. I pour a little bit on a cotton round and focus the application on my problem areas where I have the most scarring and acne. I’ve used apple cider vinegar on my skin for half a year now, and I’ve noticed it helps with oil control and fading scars.

To Moisturize:

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I use Bio Oil both day and night. It helps with fading acne scarring, like most of the products I use do. I mentioned in the beginning of this post that I have oily skin, so why do I put more oil on my face? Adding more oil helps your face to not overproduce oil. Within the first week of using oil on my face, there was a noticeable difference in the amount of oil my face produced. I can honestly say I don’t have oily skin anymore because I use oil to moisturize!

Along with Bio Oil, I use vitamin E oil both day and night. Vitamin E oil is great for moisturizing, but it has been the best product I’ve found for fading scars. I’ve been using it for about a month, and I find that acne marks fade much quicker!

Spot Treatments:

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At night, I put a few drops of pure tea tree oil on my hand and rub it all over my face. When I have a breakout, I focus the tea tree oil on the area. I’m a huge fan of tea tree oil because it not only smells good, but it dries out acne quickly so breakouts won’t last long! Sometimes my pimples are very sore, and it makes me want to pop them to relieve the pressure. Tea tree oil has a nice cooling burn that can temporarily relieve the pain!

When I have a really stubborn pimple, I use the Kiehls Blue Herbal Spot Treatment. It contains salicylic acid, so it is very drying. Using the oils I mentioned above really helps to prevent dryness!

Mask:

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Two to three times a week, I use the Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment, and oh my gosh does this product work. I never really minded having big pores, until I started using this product. When I washed the mask off for the first time, I immediately noticed that my pores were virtually nonexistent, and my blackheads were all gone. It helps with drying any breakouts I have too!

With this routine, my acne marks are a lot less red and inflamed, and my scarring is starting to fade a lot. I’ve finally tackled my oily skin, so I’m only dealing with acne scarring and the occasional pimple now!

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