Philly Bloggers Style Brunch
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Bloggers brunching? Groundbreaking/Earth-shattering/mind-blowingly unique, I know. Since this was my last style shoot for a few months, and Summer was right around the corner, I thought brunch would be the perfect setting for our May style shoot. It was so nice to actually get to sit down and talk for a few hours, rather than just take some pictures and run. It's been such a pleasure to work with these wonderfully creative people over the last three months, so I wanted to get to know everyone a little better. 


P.S. due to being computerless and and a little homeless these past few weeks/months, I'm getting this post up a little late. I thought about not posting it at all, but then I stopped talkin' crazy and got back to work.

I'm so proud to be a part of such a talented and stylish group! You can see everyone's outfit details below!


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When setting up this shoot, I did my usual extensive Instagram/Yelp research to find the most aesthetically pleasing spot in Philly, (and I think I accomplished my goal). Although Butcher Bar is absolutely stunning, it's not just a pretty face, the food was just as amazing. I ordered the mac and cheese, (honestly, everywhere I go, that's all I ever get), and of course it was a whole other level of delicious. We also ordered a couple bottles of Prosecco for the table to share (because duh?). Lastly, the waiter was nice enough to bring us out some warm chocolate chip cookies topped with ice cream on the house! Unfortunately, I got a little too excited and ate the entire thing before I could take a picture, but I am not sorry about it.

 

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OUTFIT DETAILS

I was SO impressed by everyone's outfits at this shoot. Everyone fit the theme so well and looked so, so good! You can see what everyone put together and shop their looks below.

 

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CHELSEA FINN

WWW.ORGANIZEDMESSBLOG.COM | @CHELSEAEFINN

 

Chelsea's dress was so gorgeous! I absolutely loved the length, the lace up detailing, and the slit up the side added the perfect touch of femininity! Also, the pastel blue color was a great choice for the occasion! Very light and summery, very "brunchy". Big fan of these mules, by the way. I've been dying to get myself a pair, but rent is due, y'all.

 

Dress: The Geisha House - local Philly shop

Shoes: Lost & Found - local Philly shop (similar from Topshop)

Hat: Topshop

Watch: Michael Kors

Sunglasses: Loft

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SUSAN PADRON

WWW.SUSANPADRONSTYLIST.BLOGSPOT.COM | @SUSANPADRONSTYLIST

 

I really like the way Susan styled this ruffled floral tie-front dress. It makes me think about all the different possibilities when it comes to pairing and placement. Susan chose to pair this dress with a color-coordinated bandeau. What I love about dresses like this, is that there are a few unexpected ways to wear it. You can turn it around and make it an open back, you can wear it with or without something underneath (depending on a combination of your boob size and confidence level). Susan, chose to go for gold with the accessories, and it was a nice powerful touch to a very feminine look. 

 

Dress: Haute Mama (similar from For Love and Lemons)

Sunnies: Anthropologie

Shoes: Sam Edelman

Cuff: The Mystic Jewel (similar from Forever 21)

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MELISSA FUNTANILLA

WWW.SKINNYAFFAIR.COM | @THESKINNYAFFAIR

 

Melissa is a Cali girl living in Philly, and it shows. From her ombréd hair to her wooden block heels, her style gives us Summer vibes year-round. Melissa always has the prettiest dresses, and the detailing on this one made it one of my faves. The light/bright watercolor print also made it a very fitting brunch dress. The brown block heels balanced out the excitement of the dress and made it a much more casual day-time wear.

 

Dress: Free People

Heels: Brand Unknown (Similar from Nordstrom)

Denim Jacket: Pilcro

Bag: Louis Vuitton (similar/more affordable from Forever 21)

 

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SARAH MOORE

WWW.SMOORELOVIN.COM | @SMOORELOVIN

 

Sarah's outfit was definitely one of my favorites! I love the overalls with the off the shoulder ruffled top, such a great combo! But, her earrings and shoes really made the outfit. I loved the all black with the bright pop of color. Orange isn't usually the pop of color that people opt for, so I admire her bravery. I am so in love with these platform espadrilles from Free People, but then again I'm always in love with everything from Free People, so that shouldn't be a surprise. 

 

Overalls: Free People

Top: Candy Shoppe (Similar from Azalea)

Shoes: Free People (Similar)

Bag: Sticks & Stones

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GURU KAUR

WWW.MODANINJA.COM | @MODANINJA

 

 Guru's outfit was the most bold, which is what I always admire about her. Guru is from Inida, and you can tell by the way she styles herself. She's always incorporating so many bright colors and bold prints, which can be risky, but she always seems to rock it effortlessly. Her earrings, as you can see, are a bit of a statement piece and I am obsessed. Also, a little jealous because I could never pull those off, but again, there she goes with the effortlessly rocking everything and anything. 

 

Top: Express

Pants: Banana Republic (similar)

Shoes: ASOS

Bag: SimitriDesigns

Accessories: FabIndia + Aldo

 

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KHOI nGUYEN

WWW.tHEGENTLEMANWITHIN.COM | @tHEGENTWITHIN

 

This was Khoi's first time joining us and, and I am over the moon that he did! It was so great to add a little variety to the group. I think Male bloggers are sometimes overlooked or not taken seriously, which is frustrating because Khoi is doing AMAZING things! He was a little worried that he wouldn't fit in, but I think he fit in perfectly! I sincerely admire the way this man can layer. Seriously, we should all be taking notes. Denim on denim underneath a striped tee underneath a bomber jacket?? Genius.

 

Tee: J. Crew

Button Up: Gap

Jeans: Uniqlo

Jacket: Unknown (Similar from J. Crew)

Shoes: J. Crew

Sunnies: Sunny Rebel (Not similar, but I couldn't find his, and love these)

HEY.

SEE ADDRESS BAR ABOVE  |  @BELLSXWHISTLES

 

So I'm gonna start off by addressing the weird boob area in the room. I couldn't wear a bra with this dress, it was too thin to not wear anything, I didn't have pasties, so I wore band-aids. I thought band-aids would be the least visible and welp, here we are. But honestly, whatever people make way too big of a deal about being able to see people's nipples. When I can see the outline of your "you-know-what" through your jorts, I don't say anything, so leave me alone. 

P.S. Just realized this is my second rant about being harassed for not wearing a bra. Y'all really be testing me.

Anyway. I originally wanted to wear something from Reformation, but my wallet had a different agenda. I was on one of my usual "I shouldn't be going in to Forever 21, but it's right here, so why deprive myself of a good time" walks, and found this yellow midi dress for $10! TEN DOLLARS PEOPLE, THIS IS NOT A DRILL. 

My bag is from Free People, and slowly decaying. It's honestly been falling apart since the day I got it, but it's my favorite. It's just one of those bags that I've had for years and could never get rid of.

My shoes are a product of that 40% off employee discount at American Eagle. I've acquired quite a collection over the four years I worked for the company. Sadly, although these sandals are one of my go-to's, as I've gotten older, I've outgrown the AE style. On the other hand, American Eagle will always have a special place in my heart because it was my first job, and really made me fall in love with working in fashion. 

 

SIMILAR ITEMS

DRESS  |  SANDALS  |  BAG  |  SUNNIES 

Reinventing My Skincare Routine with BioClarity
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Being 22 years old with acne isn't exactly at the top of my list of goals in life. Having acne on areas other than my face is even further down on the list. I'm sure like a lot of you, I've been putting up with those little red nightmares on my face/body since I was about thirteen. Since I've gotten older, it's definitely gotten a lot better, but I still struggle with it from time to time, and more often on my body now than my face. 

 

Circa eighth grade, when my acne was in its prime, I was suckered in to trying Proactive. Their spokesperson was Britney Spears, I could not resist. I was so excited to try it, but unfortunately, it made my skin super dry and irritated. After that, I wasn't too thrilled about those three step acne treatment schemes. 

 

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When BioClarity reached out to tell me about their unique plant-based approach to treating acne, my first thought was...."Um, excuse me. What are you trying to say¿". Then I thought to myself "Kelsey, shut up. This is a chance to finally find something that actually works, so just do it." So I agreed to try it out, and they sent me a package right away. What convinced me to try it the most though, was everything I found out about the products themselves.

FUN FACTS

The cleanser, treatment and restore gel are all 100% vegan and cruelty-free

Ingredients include: Green tea (detoxifies) ★ Licorice root (invigorates) ★ Chamomile (calms) ★ Oat Kernel (soothes) ★ Cucumber (cools refreshes) ★ Florax with Chlorophyll (reduces redness and irritation)  

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 *please excuse my terrible chipped nails*

 

my experience

I actually use the products on my body more than my face, and the results have definitely surpassed my expectations. I use the cleanser all over my back, chest and arms in the shower, and it's really helped to clear up my body acne. Whenever I get a blemish on my face, I use the spot treatment, usually at night. Now for the green stuff - I use the restore gel overnight. I apply it all over my face after cleansing, and I let it just sink in and repair my skin while I sleep. BioClarity does suggest that you use only the three step products alone, in order, but the way I have been using them has worked for me. That's the thing with skincare, a lot of times you have to take a risk and play around with it to see what works best for you because everyone's skin is different. 

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Going into this, I honestly didn't think I would see a big change. I thought it would be like every other "miracle" acne treatment I've ever tried. Ya know those products that work magic for, like...a week, and then you blink and your acne is back with a vengeance? BioClarity kicks those products' ass. It works the same for me now as it did two months ago when I first started using it, so that's relieving.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

BioClarity is definitely a part of my daily routine now, and because they don't use any harsh chemicals, it didn't really feel like I was taking any kind of risk. I've been using it for a little over two months, and I really have no complaints. At first, I did experience a little dryness, but I just reduced my usage to once a day instead of twice, and everything was back to normal. I can honestly tell you that in these past two months, I've gotten maybe three or four pimples on my chest/back. As compared to before I started using BioClarity, when I would wake up everyday to a new one. 

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BioClarity was nice enough to give me a discount code for 50% off to offer my readers, so to get your first month's supply for $15, you can use code "KELSEY50"! And on top of that, they always offer free shipping. So, whatever age you are, if you suffer from acne in any way, I 100% say it's worth a try!

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Gettin' Beachy: Summer Vacay Style Guide

MONOCh-ROMANTIC

This look is definitely more on the romantic/feminine side with this long flowing maxi dress. I absolutely love the palm print, I am all about it this summer. I don't care if it's cliche, I don't care if I look like a tourist, I LOVE IT. I kept it simple with the shoes and accessories because the print of the dress is a little busy. Paired with the unique silhouettes, the neutral color palette gives this feminine ensemble a little edge. The monochromatic aspect gives a very girly girl, a very "cool girl" vibe.

 

PREPP-ED FOR SUN

First and foremost, I don't have $1,000 to spend on a shirt, and I can bet good money that most of you don't either. This is solely for inspo, and any white graphic tee would suffice. I chose this Gucci tee because I literally dream about it at night, so I had to include it in this post in some way. I kept the color palette of this look very light and clean. I absolutely love the tie front detailing on the skirt, I think it makes it just a little more interesting. This woven bag from reformation...I have no words. It's everything I could want in a summer bag and so, SO perfect to complete a beachy, summer look. The Keds keep the outfit clean and leaning towards the preppy side. I would definitely accessorize this look with some simple gold jewelry. I'd probably layer some thin gold chain chokers, maybe some hoops, and simple thin rings. 

 

A LITTLE BIT BOHO

I grew up ten minutes away from the beach, and when I moved out at eighteen, I also lived just a few minutes away from the Pacific Ocean. So, no matter what direction my style goes in over the years, I will first and foremost be a boho beach babe (in my head). Fringe, crochet, tie dye, loose and flowy fits, earthy tones, I'm all about it. I decided to add a little "pop" of color with this yellow tie front top from Reformation. A striped top also would've went so well, and you can fin similar tops at Verge Girl and Relisation. As for these little cactus shoes from ASOS...I had to. How cute are they? And they fit so well. 

 

Spice It Up

Okay, I went a little loco with the prints here, but I feel like they're all subtle enough to mesh together. I'd definitely throw a pair of cut off Levi shorts over the one piece from Midsommar, but this pants-less combo is still totally wearable for a beachy getaway. I've been trying to add a little more color to my wardrobe, and this is a great place to start. The solid white suit brings a little balance, breaking up the excitement of the prints and colors, and calming it down just enough to a point that isn't "boring". I can totally picture myself laying on the beach in Santorini, Greece. maybe if I picture it hard enough, it'll come true. 

 

 

MY FAVORITE SPOTS TO SHOP SUMMER STYLE

Verge Girl  |  Reformation  |  Topshop  |  Urban Outfitters  |  Madewell  |  Tony Bianco  |  Planet Blue  |  Revolve

When shopping for summer attire I try to stick to lighter colors. When it comes to prints I'm definitely opting for those super cool floral/palm prints this summer, especially for pants, pajama tops, shoes, bags, etc. I'm also dying for stripes this summer, I know stripes are always a thing, but this summer, I will live and breath them for sure. For fabrics, obviously look for lightweights and breathables like linen, cotton, and rayon.

My favorite and most simple styling tip for summer is to just throw on a cute set, like this one from Free People, and have a little fun with the accessories. The trending yellow sunnies are definitely going to be my go-to accessory for the next few months. What's your favorite summer accessory this year? Let's talk about it in the comments below!