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What I’m Obsessing Over Right Now: Braided Woven Belts

Woven belts aren’t exactly a new fashion phenomenon, but for some reason I keep wanting to add them to every outfit I pull on.

I didn’t have any in my wardrobe until recently. During a browse through American Eagle, I spotted several brown woven belts that were in exactly the style I had been dreaming about. The store also displayed an adorable super skinny white one that I loved. Despite intricate plans in my mind about everything I could wear them with, my budget-conscious just wouldn’t allow me to spend $20-$30 on one belt.

But I had to fuel my bordering-on-crazy belt obsession. After perusing two thrift stores, I came home with three braided woven belts—all for less than $5. Fashion score!

wovenbelt2[So far I’ve worn that skinny red number to liven up a simple black dress. I also belted it around a blue tunic shirt to add a pop of unexpected color.]

[Cinch a woven belt around a flowy shirt to define your waist.]

[My new collection of braided woven belts includes a skinny bright red belt, a distressed braided brown belt and a medium-sized hunter green linked belt.]

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[I love the rustic quality of these belts, especially the brown one. Buying vintage means items will already look worn in and distressed—qualities that clothing companies often attempt to mimic.]

Photos by Kirsten Hudson

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Get The Look: Snow Bunny-Inspired Fashion

The amount of snow that hit the Midwest the past two days has been termed Snowpocalypse, Snowmageddon and my favorite, Blizzard of Oz. While I’ve found it difficult to think about fashion when I’m trying to thaw out my car and remove a foot of snow from my driveway, the snow does keep inspiring me with winter fashion looks.

I particularly like the idea of the “snow bunny” look. To me, “snow bunny” conjures up images of pure white ski coats and warm fur lined boots. The term “snow bunny” may be a little silly, but I still love the idea of a clean white outfit during this chilly season. Below are some snow-inspired picks that are, well, cute as a bunny.

Crazy winter hats allow you to make a fool of yourself, while still looking adorable. Check out these cute head toppers:

[Wear these sweet hats for a little fun on a winter day. Photos Courtesy Forever 21.]

These adorable hats just make me smile. The pom pom adds a bit of whimsy to this classic white knit hat (pictured left.) It costs $7 from Forever 21. This girly metallic take on a trapper hat (pictured right) is sure to keep your ears warm. It costs $11 from Forever 21.

No snow-inspired outfit is complete without a warm all-white jacket.

[These fuzzy pure white jackets will keep you nice and toasty on a brisk winter day. Photos Courtesy Colombia and The North Face.]

Stay warm and cozy with this classic hooded fleece jacket from Columbia (pictured left.) It costs $42. This sleek lightweight jacket from The North Face (pictured right) works great as a layering option on super cold days or as a casual thrown-on for only slightly chilly days. It costs $80.

Shoes are always the best part of any outfit, to me. And these snow boots are no exception.

[These stylish snow boots might actually make you want to shovel that driveway. Maybe. Photos Courtesy Zappos.com.]

These short fur lined snow boots (pictured left) are oh-so cute. They cost $60 at Zappos.com. Nothing’s worse on a cold day than wet socks. These space age-style boots (pictured right) are definitely tall enough to keep the snow out. They cost $87 at Zappos.com.

Do  you like the all-white look for winter? Tell me about it in the comments section.

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Fashion Inspiration: Use Primary Colors to Mix Up a Winter Wardrobe

Feeling blue during the dead of winter? Me too. Especially when it comes to my wardrobe. My standard winter outfit consists of skinny jeans tucked into boots paired with a sweater or some kind of layered shirts combination. This outfit is starting to feel as boring as a sunless chilly day.

When brainstorming ways to spice up my wardrobe I immediately thought of the primary colors. What better way to brighten a dull winter day than with a vibrant red, yellow or blue? Check out my picks below to add a splash of color to a winter wardrobe.

[Wear this vibrant yellow dress to a party or on an evening out to add a bit of sunshine to a chilly winter night. Photo Courtesy Modcloth.]

Add a bit of sunshine to your winter wardrobe with this goldenrod dress from Modcloth. Stay warm by wearing it with funky tights and tall boots. This dress costs $50.

[With a chunky buckle and a quirky color, these aren’t your everyday Maryjanes. Photo Courtesy Plasticland.]

Give your everyday office wear a splash of color by pairing your pencil skirts with these edgy cross strap Maryjanes. These funky pumps are $72 from Plasticland.

[Give new life to your winter wardrobe by pairing your usual shirts with this vibrant red belt. Photo Courtesy Nordstrom.]

Wear this ruby red belt over a structured dress or a thin long sleeved tee to give your waist definition. Or try a skinnier version of this belt over a chunky cardigan. This wide faux leather belt by Betsey Johnson costs $25 from Nordstrom.

I hope these ideas bring a little cheer to your winter blues!

What do you think of primary colors? Would you wear them? Tell me about it in the comments section.

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Feel Good Fashion: Three Clothing Brands That Give Back to Charities

During the stress of the holiday season, I rarely give back to others more than dropping the occasional pocket change into an iconic red Salvation Army tin. After New Years, a wave of guilt usually starts to creep in and I begin to wish I had been more giving during the time of giving.

Luckily, there are year-round options for combining my love of fashion with helping others. These three clothing and accessories brands make donations to charities with every purchase. Now I just have to decide what to buy. Shopping never felt so good.

TOMS

Perhaps one of the best-known companies for its “giving back” ideology, TOMS donates one pair of shoes to a child in need with every shoe purchase through its One for One campaign.

[These delicate silver and white shoes are vegan-friendly (made with no animal products.) Photo Courtesy TOMS.]

TOMS offers a range styles of women’s shoes including lace-up shoes, slip-ons, wedges, botas (similar to high-tops) and vegan boots. Most styles range between $54 and $70.

Kayu

This ethically minded company started with a line of bamboo sunglasses. For every purchase of its sunglasses, Kayu donates $20 to fund a sight-restoring surgery in a developing country.

[These handcrafted retro bamboo sunglasses from Kayu offer 100 percent UV protection. Photo Courtesy Kayu.]

Bamboo artisans in China handcraft Kayu’s line of sunglasses. The line includes four styles all priced at $180. While this seems expensive, these sunglasses have great features that make the price worth it. They’re made from sustainable materials; bamboo, a fast-growing grass, is a more eco-friendly alternative to wood; the lenses offer 100 percent UV protection; and the company gives back to those less fortunate.

Today, Kayu’s collection also includes a line of straw and shell handbags. For every clutch sale, Kayu donates $15 to purchase a backpack and school supplies for a child in need.

[This clutch, made from natural and sustainable straw, features a funky turquoise clasp and works well for day or night. Photo Courtesy Kayu.]

Women’s cooperatives in Asia handcraft Kayu’s purses. The three styles of shell purses are made from mother-of-pearl and pen shells that are by-products of the food industry. These styles cost $280 to $320.

Kayu’s other line of purses, made from natural and sustainable straw, come in four distinct styles and cost $135 each.

Out of Print

What’s your favorite book? Out of Print lets its customers wear their favorite stories through its t-shirts and sweatshirts that feature classic, and often out of print book covers.

[This ultra feminine t-shirt references my favorite novel, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Photo Courtesy Out of Print.]

For every shirt sold, Out of Print donates one book to a community in need through its partnership with Books for Africa, a nonprofit that distributes books to children in Africa.

The book covers featured on Out of Print’s t-shirts include my personal favorite, Pride and Prejudice, along with everything from The Great Gatsby and Moby Dick to Nancy Drew, Fahrenheit 451 and The Outsiders. Out of Print’s t-shirts cost $28.

Out of Print’s sweatshirts, which cost $38, feature 1984, The Catcher in the Rye, Moby Dick, and Pride and Prejudice.

What do you think I should buy? Do you have any other favorite ethically-minded brands? Tell me about it in the comments section.

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